ABN Amro surprises with 63 percent jump in Q4 profit

Return on equity is strong this year, says ABN AMRO CFO

Dutch bank ABN Amro beat analyst expectations on Wednesday with a 63 percent rise in fourth-quarter net profit at 542 million euros ($671.4 million), helped by a strong Dutch economy.

Analysts polled by Reuters had on average expected a profit of 480 million euros, after the bank made 333 million euros in the same period a year earlier.