Deutsche Bank has posted a 14% drop in net profit in the second quarter from a year earlier, as Germany's largest bank restructures under new leadership. 

Deutsche last week already flagged that net profit would be more than double analysts' forecasts in a rare piece of good news for the bank, which is cutting costs to revive profitability.

Net profit in the second quarter was €401m, down from €466m last year. Revenues were flat at €6.6 billion, halting a steep decline from previous years. 

The better-than-expected profit and revenue are a positive sign for new chief executive Christian Sewing, who took over in April and has embarked on plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs in an overhaul of the bank. 

Deutsche Bank, trying to bounce back from three consecutive years of losses, has had a run of negative headlines, including an abrupt management reshuffle, a downgrade by Standard & Poor's and failing the US Federal Reserve's stress test. 

"We're making important changes to our core businesses as promised, we're headed in the right direction on costs, and our balance sheet quality is strong," Sewing said today.

At Deutsche's investment bank, revenue was partly helped by a one-time gain of €57m from a disposal in the quarter. 

Revenue at its cash-cow bond-trading division dropped by 17% despite more volatile markets. 

By contrast, some big US banks posted sharp increases in profit as volatility caused by escalating trade tensions and central bank policy changes stirred a rise in trading volumes across Wall Street.