NEW YORK (AP) — MetLife Inc., the nation’s largest life insurer, said Wednesday that its first-quarter profit rose 3 percent, helped by the acquisition of AIG’s Alico unit and a jump in investment income.

The period was the first full quarter that MetLife controlled Alico, the international life insurance company it bought Nov. 1 from bailed-out rival American International Group Inc. Alico, which operates in more than 50 countries, helped more than double MetLife’s international sales.

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