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The nation’s biggest banks, poised to achieve record annual earnings after last year’s stock market surge, may still disappoint investors as the equity rally fades, leaving them reliant on a lending recovery for profit.

Net income at Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. and Mizuho Financial Group Inc. totaled ¥2.1 trillion in the nine months that ended in December, company statements show.

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