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SINGAPORE, April 30 (Reuters) - DBS Group Holdings , Singapore’s biggest bank, beat expectations as first-quarter core net profit rose 9 percent to a record, helped by strong growth in loans.
DBS said core net profit came to a record S$1.033 billion ($823 million) for the first three months of 2014, up from S$950 million in the same period a year earlier and above an average forecast of S$857 million from six analysts polled by Reuters.
Net profit including special items, climbed 30 percent to S$1.231 billion, boosted by items such as a one-off gain from the sale of a stake in a Philippine lender.
DBS has so far largely not been affected by slower growth in the housing market after government cooling measures.
“Despite challenging fixed income markets, quarterly earnings crossed the S$1 billion mark for the first time, a testament to the strength of our franchise,” DBS CEO Piyush Gupta said in a statement. (Reporting by Saeed Azhar; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)