WRAPUP 2-Canada banks top expectations despite lending crunch
* Loan quality, business lending drive profits
* Profit gains overshadow consumer lending slowdown
* Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion boost dividends
* CIBC holds payout steady, sending its shares lower
* TD shares rise as CEO shuts down Citizens deal talk
* RBC shares gain on results
By Cameron French
TORONTO, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Three of Canada's top banks posted stronger-than-expected quarterly profits on Thursday as they relied on lower loan-loss provisions, cost-cutting, and stronger international revenue to offset slower growth in domestic consumer lending.
Royal Bank of Canada and Toronto-Dominion Bank , the country's two largest banks, both raised their quarterly dividend. No. 5 lender Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce left its payout unchanged, prompting investors to pull its shares lower. Continued...