Washington Mutual Inc., Seattle, has reported net income of $902 million ($1.01 per share) for the first quarter, down from $1.05 billion ($1.18 per share) a year earlier, although earnings from its mortgage business rose.WaMu attributed the overall decline to discontinued operations from the sale of Washington Mutual Finance Corp. Net income for WaMu's mortgage banking segment totaled $243 million in the first quarter, up from $228 million a year earlier, the company said. Originations of home loans totaled $38.50 billion for the quarter, down from $43.72 billion a year earlier. The company attributed the increase in the mortgage segment's net income to higher gain from mortgage loans (net of risk management activities) and lower noninterest expense. WaMu can be found online at http://www.wamu.com.

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