Commerce Bancshares said loan growth helped it stage a second-quarter earnings surprise.

The $9.6 billion-asset Kansas City company said 9% growth in net interest income helped it boost quarterly earnings to $32.3 million, a 12% increase from a year earlier. Earnings per share of 86 cents beat analysts' consensus estimates by 3 cents.

The company also credited better earnings to a 10% gain in noninterest income, bolstered by trust and service charge income.

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