REFILE-UPDATE 3-Santander lending drive lifts first-quarter profits

martes 28 de abril de 2015 10:21 GYT

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* Q1 net profit up 32 pct y/y at 1.717 bln euros

* Net interest income beats forecasts

* Weaker euro, lower charges also help profit

* Shares rising 1.12 pct

By Sarah White and Jesús Aguado

MADRID, April 28 (Reuters) - Santander on Tuesday showed the benefits of a drive to boost lending across its main markets, which helped the bank to produce a 32 percent jump in first-quarter profits.

Under new boss Ana Botin, the euro zone's biggest bank by market value is trying to grow income by expanding its loan book rather than through acquisitions.

Lending was up in most of its key markets since December, including in Brazil and Britain. Net income also grew in nine of its 10 core countries, except for Chile.   Continuación...