ICBC at Risk of First Annual Profit Decline Since Listing: Chart

A man uses an automated teller machine at an Industrial & Commercial Bank of China branch in the Gongbei district of Zhuhai, China.

Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

As China’s biggest lenders prepare to report first-quarter earnings this week, analysts forecast that the world’s largest bank by assets, Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd., will this year swing to its first full-year earnings decline since listing in 2006. A key factor in its performance will be whether the government loosens loan-loss coverage requirements amid a rising tide of bad debt. 

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