STOCKHOLM Oct 24 Swedish banking group SEB reported on Thursday a bigger-than-expected rise in third-quarter operating profits as it beat forecasts on most income lines and credit quality improved.
SEB's operating profit in the quarter rose 20 percent to 4.87 billion Swedish crowns ($763.39 million), topping a mean forecast for 4.20 billion in a Reuters poll and compared with 3.86 billion in the year-ago period.
"During the third quarter, we saw increasing activity on the corporate side and despite a continued high level of economic uncertainty globally, the corporate community showed emerging optimism," said SEB CEO Annika Falkengren.
($1 = 6.3794 Swedish crowns) (Reporting by Mia Shanley)
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