Ecobank group 9-months pre-tax profit up 3 pct to $226.9 mln

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* FOR NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPT 30, PROFIT BEFORE TAX DOWN 19% TO $226.9 MILLION (UP 3% TO NGN 69.4 BILLION)‍​

* 9-MONTHS ENDED GROSS EARNINGS DOWN 3% TO $1.8 BILLION (UP 24% TO 564.5 NAIRA BILLION)‍​

* “WE HAVE REDUCED LENDING ACTIVITY… AND ARE ENGAGING CONSTRUCTIVELY WITH OUR CUSTOMERS TO MAKE GOOD ON THEIR PAST-DUE LOAN PAYMENTS”‍​ Source: bit.ly/2gIkwrs Further company coverage: (Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com)