bank holding companies. The median ratio of noninterest expense per dollar of revenue for the group declined from 62.18% in 1993 to 59.56% for the first nine months of 1995, according to American Banker calculations.

The top 10 banks in efficiency include perennially cost-conscious and high-performing institutions - Fifth Third Bancorp, Bank of New York Co., Wachovia Corp., and Wells Fargo & Co.

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