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Investment business drives Prudential profit

May 7 (Reuters) - Prudential Financial Inc, the second-largest U.S. life insurer, reported a quarterly profit compared with a loss a year earlier, driven by higher income from its investment unit.

The net profit in the financial services businesses attributable to the company was $1.22 billion, or $2.59 per share, for the quarter ended March 31, compared to a loss of $735 million, or $1.58 per share, a year earlier.

Prudential's financial services business includes U.S. retirement services and investment management businesses.

(Reporting by Neha Dimri in Bangalore; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)