"U.S. banks have grabbed 15 of the top 25 slots in profitability among the biggest banks worldwide, according to a study released Monday by IBCA Inc., the international rating agency. U.S.The study said the top four big banks in "real profitability," ranking seventh to 10th in the worldwide tally, are First Interstate Bancorp., Banc One Corp., First Chicago Corp., and Wachovia Corp.

The survey, conducted among the world's 300 biggest banks, calculates "real profitability" by adjusting reported return on equity ratios for differences in bank capitalization and variations in inflation and tax rates in different countries for 1993.

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