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HSBC has jumped from third to first place in the latest annual Banker magazine survey of the world’s top one thousand banks. HSBC is the first non-US company to lead the survey since 1999 and tops the rankings by virtue of its Tier-1 capital and profit before tax, which last year reached a new high.

The survey found that US banks now account for just 14% of aggregate Top 1000 pre-tax profits, down from 24 % last year, while Asian banks rose to 19% from 12%. European bank profits remained flat at 41% of the total.

In April, HSBC also topped the Forbes 2000 list of world’s largest companies – the first non-US company to do so, having delivered 26% growth in annual revenue and 31% in net income over the past five years.

With assets of some $2,354 billion as on December 31, 2007, HSBC Holdings plc serves over 128 million customers worldwide through around 10,000 offices in 83 countries.


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