MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Unicaja on Thursday said that its net profit in the third quarter rose 77% against the same period of 2021 thanks to rising income in fees and lending as well as lower costs.
The lender reported a net profit of 95 million euros ($95.69 million) in the July to September period. Analysts polled by Reuters expected a net profit of 93 million euros.
Unicaja's net interest income (NII), or earnings on loans minus deposit costs, rose 4.9% year-on-year to 263 million euros ($264.92 million) in the third quarter, as higher interest rates are boosting retail lenders' margins.
Analysts expected NII to come in at 268 million euros.
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(Reporting by Jesús Aguado; editing by Inti Landauro)