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HSBC's first-quarter profit slides as Ukraine conflict, inflation bite

Key Points
  • HSBC reported a 27% fall in quarterly profit on Tuesday, as the Asia-focused bank suffered from decreased revenues and slowing growth in Hong Kong.
  • Europe's largest bank with a market value of $130 billion posted a pretax profit of $4.2 billion for the first quarter ended March, versus $5.78 billion a year earlier.
  • The results were better than the $3.72 billion average estimate of 16 analysts compiled by HSBC.

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Pedestrians walk past a HSBC Bank branch in Hong Kong. HSBC reported a 27% fall in quarterly profit on Tuesday, as the Asia-focused bank suffered from decreased revenues and slowing growth in Hong Kong.
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HSBC reported a 27% fall in quarterly profit on Tuesday, as the Asia-focused bank suffered from decreased revenues and slowing growth in Hong Kong.

Europe's largest bank with a market value of $130 billion posted a pretax profit of $4.2 billion for the first quarter ended March, versus $5.78 billion a year earlier.

The results were better than the $3.72 billion average estimate of 16 analysts compiled by HSBC.

The London-headquartered bank said expected credit loss came in at $600 million compared with the year-ago quarter when it unlocked $400 million of reserves as the outlook improved.

"Increased ECL primarily reflected the direct and broader economic impacts of the Russia-Ukraine war and inflationary pressures on the forward economic outlook," it said.

About two-thirds of the bank's reported pretax profit comes from Asia.