Overall net interest income drops to €3.68B from €3.74B but is slightly above forecasts.
Fee income +6% to €1.13B.
Results strengthened by a gain of almost €471M on the sale of pension assets in Colombia and Peru, as well as growing lending in Latin America.
Lower loan-loss provisions in Spain, although business in the country remained weak; it was also hurt by costs associated with the scrapping of interest-rate floors on mortgages. (PR)