Possibly marking an adverse trend, commercial bank earnings fell 1%, to $14.9 billion in the fourth quarter, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Monday .

It was the second consecutive quarterly decline after seven quarters of increases. Fourth-quarter results were 2.5% below the same period of 1997.

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