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Global focus: Fifth Third sees an opportunity to expand its wholesale business abroad, says CEO Greg Carmichael. As growth opportunities arise, "we will take advantage," he says.
Regional banks need all the growth opportunities they can get, and Fifth Third says it has found one in catering to European businesses that need to expand in North America to escape domestic economic issues.

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