The numbers suggest the company's restructuring plan - cutting expenses by €1B by 2015 - is on track, and the bank says today it's studying ways of expanding the cost-cutting regime.
Following the sale of ING US (VOYA) and other divestitures, the company has completed about 70% of its EU-mandated plan to trim its balance sheet by 45%.
The good results don't stop outgoing CEO Jan Hommen from complaining about the domestic economy: "We are having a tough time in the Netherlands ... There are some bright spots, and we see a bit more activity in some places. But this is mainly outside of the Netherlands."