Fee businesses more than offset sluggish loan growth and higher credit losses for four big Midwest banks that posted second-quarter earnings last week.

Fifth Third Bancorp, Mercantile Bancorp., Commerce Bancshares, and TCF Financial Corp. all more than doubled loan-loss provisions in response to higher credit losses - mostly consumer - in the second quarter. Fifth Third's provision, for instance, was $18 million, $10 million more than it reserved a year earlier.

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