Royal Bank of Canada’s (TSE:RY) Q2 Profit, Bad Loans Rise

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) (TSE:RY) said on Thursday bad loans increased by C$583 million, or 19 percent, in the second quarter from the quarter before, largely due to a rise in credit to oil firms that had turned sour.

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Canada’s biggest banks are seeing an increase in energy clients struggling to pay back loans following a sharp decline in the price of oil. Bank of Montreal said on Wednesday it had set aside more funds to cover losses.

Despite the warning, RBC reported a 7 percent increase in second-quarter profit from the same quarter a year earlier, which it said reflected strength across its businesses.

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