Fifth Third Bancorp's fourth-quarter loss narrowed more than analysts expected, with deposits rising 2.7% and the results coming after big year-earlier charges.

"Fourth-quarter credit trends were better than expected and showed encouraging signs of improvement," said Chairman and Chief Executive Kevin Kabat. "Our current expectation is for full-year 2010 net charge-offs to decline from those realized in 2009."

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