BNP Paribas 3rd-quarter net profits up to 1.9 billion euros

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Third-quarter net profits at French bank BNP Paribas leapt 46 percent on the same period last year to 1.9 billion euros (2.7 billion dollars) in results published Thursday.

The earnings were better than those forecast by analysts consulted by Dow Jones Newswires, who had predicted net profits of 1.72 billion euros. The results were helped in part by a strong performance in retail banking.

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