May 2, 2017 / 12:42 PM / 6 months ago

Hospital operator HCA Holdings' quarterly profit drops 5 pct

May 2 (Reuters) - HCA Holdings Inc, the largest U.S. for-profit hospital operator, posted a 5 percent fall in quarterly profit due to higher costs even as patient admissions increased.

Net income attributable fell to $659 million, or $1.74 per share, in the first quarter ended March 31, from $694 million, or $1.69 per share, a year earlier.

HCA Holdings said revenue rose to $10.62 billion from $10.26 billion. (Reporting by Ankur Banerjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Supriya Kurane)

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