Citigroup Inc. says earnings rose 2% to $4.71 billion in the first quarter of 2019.

The bank, based in New York, said Monday that earnings per share were $1.87 per share, up from $1.68 a share a year earlier.

The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.78 per share.

The U.S. bank posted revenue of $25.89 billion in the period. Its revenue net of interest expense was $18.58 billion, down 2% from a year ago and short of Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $18.76 billion.

Citigroup shares have increased 30% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 16%. The stock price has decreased 5% in the last 12 months.


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