* Earnings fall to 293 million pesos
* Sales drop 40 percent, financing costs rise
MEXICO CITY Feb 27 Mexican homebuilder Urbi reported a 63 percent fall in fourth-quarter profits on Wednesday due to a slump in sales and higher financing costs.
The company reported a profit of 293 million pesos ($23 million) compared to 797 million pesos in the October-December period in 2011, according to a press release posted on Urbi's website.
Urbi reported 303 million pesos in financing costs during the quarter compared to a financing gain of 114 million pesos in the year ago period.
Sales fell 40 percent to 3.045 billion pesos during the quarter compared to 5.092 billion in the year-ago period.