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SunTrust Bank Lowers Prime Rate

12/11/2001

ATLANTA, Dec 11, 2001 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- SunTrust Bank (NYSE: STI) announced today it has lowered its prime lending rate to 4.75% from 5.00%, effective Wednesday, December 12. The prime rate is a benchmark used to set interest rates on various forms of corporate and consumer credit. The prime rate last changed on November 7, 2001.

SunTrust Banks, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is the nation's ninth-largest commercial banking organization. As of September 30, 2001, SunTrust had total assets of $103.3 billion and total deposits of $63.1 billion. The company operates through an extensive distribution network in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia and the District of Columbia and also serves customers in selected markets nationally. Its primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services. Through various subsidiaries the company provides credit cards, mortgage banking, insurance, brokerage and capital markets services. SunTrust's Internet address is www.suntrust.com .

SOURCE SunTrust Banks, Inc.

CONTACT: Mike McCoy of SunTrust Banks, Inc., +1-404-588-7230

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