Signet Banking Corp. reported weaker-than-expected second quarter earnings Tuesday, revealing a slowdown in credit card growth. Two other Southeastern banks released earnings that were also below consensus estimates.

Signet, which is based in Richmond, Va., said it earned $50.4 million in the quarter, or 88 cents a share, up 25% from the year-ago quarter, but 6 cents below consensus estimates compiled by First Call.

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