MILAN Aug 28 Italian mid-sized lender Banca
Popolare di Sondrio said on Thursday its net profit
had nearly doubled to 71 million euros ($94 million) in the
first half of 2014, thanks to a sharp rise in trading income.
Popolare di Sondrio, one of 15 Italian banks under scrutiny
by the European Central Bank in a health check of euro zone
lenders, said its Common Equity Tier 1 ratio had risen to 9.95
percent when taking into acount a recent 343-million euro
Bad loans rose to 1.93 billion euros, up 5.2 percent from
the end of 2013, and represented 8.1 percent of all customer
loans, it said.
(1 US dollar = 0.7586 euro)
(Reporting by Silvia Aloisi)