Turkish banks' Jan-Aug net profit up 19.4 pct

ISTANBUL, Oct 8 (Reuters) - The Turkish banking sector's net profit in the first eight months of the year rose 19.4 percent year-on-year to 15.19 billion lira ($8.4 billion), data from the banking regulator showed on Monday.

Banking sector loans increased 15.9 percent to 748.8 billion

lira at the end of the January-August period, the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) figures showed.

($1 = 1.8051 Turkish liras)

(Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Nick Tattersall)

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