LAGOS, March 28 Nigeria's Diamond Bank
said on Friday its 2013 pretax profit rose to 32.1
billion naira ($194.5 million), lower than its guidance, but up
17 percent from 27.5 billion naira a year ago.
The mid-tier bank last April forecast 2013 pretax profit to
hit 35 billion naira.
Gross earnings at the bank rose to 143.12 billion naira
during the twelve months to December 2013 versus 112.35 billion
naira the previous year, it said in a filing with the Nigerian
($1 = 164.90 naira)
(Reporting by Oludare Mayowa. Editing by Jane Merriman)