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Brazil's Banco Bradesco hits profit estimates as loan picks up

SAO PAULO, April 25 (Reuters) - Brazil's second largest private lender Banco Bradesco SA hit first-quarter analysts' estimates for profit on Thursday, as its loan book grew and loan-loss provisions fell.

Bradesco's recurring net income came in at 6.238 billion reais ($1.56 billion), up 22.3 percent from the same period a year earlier and roughly in line with a Refinitiv analyst consensus forecast of 6.020 billion reais.

($1 = 3.9911 reais) (Reporting by Carolina Mandl; Editing by Mark Potter)