Regional banking company Fifth Third Bancorp says its second-quarter earnings more than doubled as credit trends continued to improve.
The Cincinnati-based company reports net income of $328 million for April, May and June. That compares with earnings of $130 million in the same period a year ago. Some analysts expect earnings-per-share of 28 cents.
Fifth Third says it saw growth in mortgage banking, credit card and corporate banking revenue. They operate more than 1,300 banking centers in 12 states.
At least one state lawmaker isn't ready to toast plans for a new bar serving alcohol in the Ohio Statehouse.
Republican Rep. Rex Damschroder says the decision by the board overseeing the state Capitol building "sends a very negative message." The lawmaker from Fremont in northwest Ohio tells the board in a letter that he's not aware of any other U.S. statehouse with a fully operational bar.
Ohio Statehouse managers said recently that the full-service bar would open next month within an existing cafe.