Putting Banks On The Road To Recovery

They're wooing customers and sharpening lending practices

Suprot Phugsri tapped into a Bank of Asia automated teller machine several months ago for the simple reason that he needed cash and the machine was located close to his auto-parts shop on the outskirts of Bangkok. He's glad he did. Bank of Asia happened to be running a promotional lottery--and Suprot won a new house. The 28-year-old businessman didn't even have an account with the bank. Suprot and his family have since become customers. "So did all of my friends," he beams.

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