Britain's Most Admired by Sector: Banking

Good news for Standard Chartered, after a year that most of the top banks would dearly love to forget.

1. Standard Chartered 57.9
2. Barclays 57.4
3. Royal Bank of Scotland 56.8
4. HSBC 56.5
5. Lloyds TSB 55.0

Standard Chartered is up from fifth to first, thanks to its careful lending and strength in emerging markets. Barclays has fared better than most, but attracted shareholder criticism for its £7bn Middle Eastern recapitalisation. Last year's sector winner, RBS, faces the ignominy of government rescue, and the departure of once-feted boss Sir Fred Goodwin with his reputation in tatters. It expects to make its first-ever loss in 2008. Picking up the pieces of battered HBOS would give Lloyds TSB some 30% of the UK retail market. But will the controversial deal go through?

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