Global business helps BNP Paribas weather investment bank weakness

By Inti Landauro and Matthieu ProtardPARIS (Reuters) - BNP Paribas, France's largest listed bank, beat second-quarter profit forecasts on Wednesday as its global business offset a sharp fixed income trading fall and domestic weakness.A surge in BNP's international financial services business, including consumer lending, insurance and its U.S. bank BancWest, helped it recover from a weak first quarter when net profit plunged to 1.57 billion euros ($1.

84 billion).Although second quarter net profit fell 0.1 percent to 2.39 billion euros from 2.4.

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