Comerica (CMA) beat fourth-quarter profit estimates, as its fee revenue increased and expenses from its 2011 acquisition of Sterling Bancshares diminished.

The Dallas bank said Wednesday that it had earned $130 million, or 68 cents per share, in the fourth quarter of 2012, a 35% increase from the prior-year period. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expected earnings of 65 cents per share. 

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