Superregionals as a group continued to beat out other categories of banks in profitability, according to American Banker's latest survey of quarterly bank earnings.

The average return on equity among superregional banks - those with assets between $25 billion and $75 billion - rose to 16.86% in the first quarter. That was well above the 13.33% ROE posted by banks with at least $75 billion of assets, and more than a point above the 15.47% registered among large regional banks - those having between $10 million and $25 billion of assets.

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