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HSBC's Q3 profit exceeds estimates as legal costs fall

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The result benefited from a US$1.4 billion decline from a year earlier in fines, settlements.

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HSBC Holdings plc, Europe's largest bank, reported a bigger-than-expected jump in third-quarter profit as costs related to fines and legal settlements declined.

Pretax profit rose to US$6.1 billion from US$4.6 billion a year earlier as operating costs fell, the London-based

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