Ohio's Fifth Third Bancorp on Friday posted second-quarter earnings of $57.4 million, a 20% increase, while Wisconsin's First Financial Corp. said a special charge lowered earnings by 33%, to $7.5 million.

The performance of Fifth Third, a $12.8 billion-asset banking company based in Cincinnati, marked a continuation of high and longstanding profitability. It posted a 1.81% return on average assets.

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