Deutsche Bank toppled Sanwa Bank Ltd. at the end of last year as the world's largest bank.

The condition, reflected in American Banker's annual international rankings that begin on page 8, was only temporary. Subsequent to the yearend 1995 calculations, Bank of Tokyo merged with Mitsubishi Bank Ltd. to create a $711 billion-asset colossus that leaves Frankfurt-based Deutsche Bank trailing by more than $200 billion.

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