October 12, 2018 / 12:09 PM / a year ago

Wells Fargo quarterly profit rises 32 percent

Oct 12 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co posted a 32 percent rise in third-quarter profit on Friday, helped by an increase in net interest income and lower expenses.

Net income applicable to common stock holders rose to $5.45 billion, or $1.13 per share, in the quarter ended Sept. 30, from $4.13 billion or 83 cents per share a year ago. reut.rs/2NCtgK8

Analysts on average were looking for $1.17 per share, according to I/B/E/S data from Refinitiv. It was not immediately clear if the reported figures were comparable.

Peers JPMorgan Chase reported higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday on gains from higher interest rates and a growth in loans, while Citigroup's profit rose 12 percent on lower taxes and a decrease in expenses.

Reporting By Aparajita Saxena in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernard Orr

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