The most profitable community banks are putting profits to use faster than their colleagues do, according to American Banker's annual profitability survey.

Among small community banks - those with less than $50 million of assets - the 100 top performers grew 70% faster in 1993-95 than the average for banks that size. And the 100 profitability stars among large community banks (up to $1 billion of assets) grew 37% faster than the average for the size category.

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