Few industries are flying higher than the financial sector, which enjoyed record-setting profits during the first three months of 2018. According to quarterly earnings reports, the combined profits of nine of the most active banks in Central Ohio soared by a third from the first quarter of 2017, lifted by strong economic conditions and significant savings fromvthe new federal tax reform law. Fifth Third also benefited from an after-tax $327 million gain from a stake it owns in payment processor Worldplay.

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