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SunTrust Bank Lowers Prime Rate

12/17/2008

ATLANTA, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SunTrust Bank announced today it has lowered its prime lending rate to 3.25% from 4.00%, effective December 17, 2008. 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 October 30, 2008.

SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI), headquartered in Atlanta, is one of the nation's largest banking organizations, serving a broad range of consumer, commercial, corporate and institutional clients. As of September 30, 2008, SunTrust had total assets of $174.8 billion and total deposits of $115.9 billion. The Company operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states and a full array of technology-based, 24-hour delivery channels. The Company also serves customers in selected markets nationally. Its primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services. Through various subsidiaries the Company provides mortgage banking, insurance, brokerage, investment management, equipment leasing and capital markets services. SunTrust's Internet address is suntrust.com.

SOURCE SunTrust Banks, Inc.

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

Web site: http://www.suntrust.com
(STI)

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