It's A Bank Eat Bank World

Battle-scarred banks entered 1992 expecting only mild relief from a mountain of troubles. So it was more than a surprise when a combination of low interest rates and a slowly strengthening economy helped the industry produce a record $25 billion or more in earnings, according to American Bankers Assn. estimates. The industry still faces fundamental problems, and the big banks' profit growth will probably slow this year from last year's 90%. Even so, earnings could set another record in 1993.

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