Britain's Most Admired by sector: Banking

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1 HSBC 61.2
2 Banco Santander (Abbey)* 56.1
3 Barclays 53.1
4 Standard Chartered 50.6
5 Co-operative Bank 47.9

Solid first-half profits of £3bn helped HSBC cement its reputation as the bank that (almost) beat the crash. It's certainly in better shape than most rivals, although CEO Mike Geoghegan has just relocated to Hong Kong from London. Spanish-owned Abbey leaves BMAC on a high, with profits for the first three quarters up 37% to £1.17bn, but its name, dating from 1874, vanishes from the high street next year, replaced by that of owner Santander. In last month's Barclays reshuffle, Bob Diamond added the commercial division to his BarCap empire. Last year's winner Standard Chartered falls to fourth, while the Co-op's ethical stance helps it to a creditable fifth.

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