An article Tuesday, "Top 50 Banks' Profitability Improved in 1997," (page 5) misstated the reason for an $889 million third-quarter charge at Chase Manhattan Corp. It was taken to pay for a restructuring.

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First Maryland Bancorp, a subsidiary of Allied Irish Banks PLC, was inadvertently omitted from Tuesday's listing of the "Top 50 U.S. Bank Holding Companies" (page 6) and the list of "Top 50 Earners in Banking in 1997" (page 9). Its total assets of nearly $17.8 billion should rank it 47th on the former, and its net income of about $151.2 million should rank it 50th on the latter.

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