AmSouth reported third-quarter net earnings Tuesday of $180.3 million, up 51% from $119.6 million in the third quarter of 2004. Per diluted share, earnings were 51 cents, up from 33 cents in the period a year ago.

However, last year's third quarter included charges of $54 million in connection with regulatory settlements. Not including those charges, AmSouth's earnings in the third quarter of 2004 would have been $172.0 million.

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