Because of a tax benefit accrued in 1993, National Westminster Bancorp reported that fourth-quarter earnings declined 13% to $83.5 million from the year-earlier period.

Meanwhile, State Street Boston Corp. said its earnings were right in line with Wall Street consensus estimates. The $22 billion-asset bank showed profits of $53.3 million for the period, or 69 cents per share, up 10.5% from the same quarter a year ago.

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