HSBC Q1 pretax profit falls 19 percent

HONG KONG, May 4 (Reuters) - HSBC Holdings Plc on

Thursday reported a 19 percent fall in first quarter profit, as

Europe's biggest bank battles to restore flagging revenues

following its restructuring.

HSBC said pretax profit for the first three months of the

year fell to $4.96 billion, down from $6.11 billion a year ago

and better than the $4.31 billion average of analysts' estimates

compiled by the bank.

The bank said reported profit was down mainly due to a

change in the accounting treatment of the fair value on its own

debt. Also, the year-ago profit included the operating results

of the Brazil business that it sold in July 2016, it said.

(Reporting by Sumeet Chatterjee and Lawrence White; Editing by

Edwina Gibbs)