Several regional banks reported strong third-quarter earnings on Tuesday, suggesting that global economic woes have yet to hit any but the biggest of institutions.

SunTrust Banks Inc., Atlanta, said its earnings for the period jumped 12%, to $188.8 million, and Birmingham, Ala.-based SouthTrust Corp. scored a 21% increase, to $94.7 million. Some other banks in the South also posted strong results, generally meeting or beating analysts' expectations.

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