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UPDATE 1-China Construction Bank posts 4.1% fall in third-quarter profit, NPLs up

* CCB logs fall in Q3 profit on-year

* Bad loans up

* Posts spike in impairment losses on COVID-19 (Adds details)

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Oct 29 (Reuters) - China Construction Bank Corp (CCB), the country’s second-biggest lender by assets, reported a 4.1% fall in third-quarter net profit on Thursday after logging a rise in bad loans and increasing provisions.

Net profit fell to 68.21 billion yuan ($10.18 billion) in the three months to Sept. 30, from 71.15 billion yuan a year earlier, the bank said in a statement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

CCB’s non-performing loan (NPL) ratio rose to 1.53% at the end of the quarter from 1.49% at the end of June and the bank said it had “prudently made provisions” owing to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Its net interest margin, a key measure of profitability, was 2.13% at the end of September, versus 2.14% three months earlier.

The lender had posted a 26.5% slump in net profit in the second quarter, the biggest fall in more than a decade as it increased buffers for covering souring debt.

China’s economic recovery accelerated in the third quarter as consumers shook off their coronavirus caution, with gross domestic product growing 4.9% from a year earlier, faster than the second quarter’s 3.2% growth.

$1 = 6.7029 Chinese yuan renminbi Reporting by Zhang Yan and Cheng Leng in Beijing and Engen Tham in Shanghai Editing by David Goodman, Kirsten Donovan

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