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GE 2Q profit up 21 percent, financial arm improves
GE boosts earnings 21 percent in 2Q, led by recovery in lending business
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' General Electric Co. says earnings grew 21 percent in the second quarter as its lending arm continued to recover from the recession.

The industrial and financial giant reported income of $3.76 billion, or 35 cents per share, for the three months ended June 30. That compares with $3.11 billion, or 28 cents per share, for the same part of last year. Revenue fell 4 percent $35.6 billion.

The results beat Wall Street estimates for 32 cents per share on revenue of $34.7 billion, according to FactSet.

GE more than doubled its profit at its lending arm, GE Capital, to $1.66 billion during the quarter. GE Capital is recovering from billions of dollars in losses and impairments during the recession.

Shares rose 39 cents to $19.55 in premarket trading.

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