AMSTERDAM Feb 12 Dutch financial services giant
ING recorded underlying net profit of 3.255 billion
euros ($4.45 billion) for 2013, 22 percent better than its 2012
performance and ahead of analysts' expectations.
"The improvement was driven by a solid performance at ING
Bank, which recorded a 21.6 percent increase in underlying
pre-tax results," ING Chief Executive Ralph Hamers said in a
statement. Operating earnings at ING insurance rose 6.4 percent.
Analysts polled by Reuters had expected the group to return
underlying net profits of 3.063 billion euros.