SANTIAGO May 18 Chile's No. 2 bank, Banco de
Chile CHI.SN, said on Tuesday profit fell a preliminary 5.3
percent in April from March, which traders said was likely due
to increased loan provisions.
Banco de Chile, controlled by Chile's Luksic group and
Citigroup Inc (C.N), posted a profit of 38,166 million pesos
($73 million) in April.
The bank had a profit of 138,972 million pesos ($267
million) in the first four months of the year, up 80 percent
from the same period last year, according to analyst
Banco de Chile had a profit of $509 million in 2009.
(Reporting by Antonio de la Jara; Writing by Alonso Soto;
Editing by Steve Orlofsky)