FDIC: Return to profit fails to boost bank lending

Assistance from the US government has helped the country's banking industry back into profit, but the improvement hasn't been reflected in increased lending, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

In its latest Quarterly Banking Profile, issued yesterday, the FDIC reports an aggregate net income for the banks it supervises of $914 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, down from $2 billion in the third quarter but still a huge rebound from the $37.3 billion loss the indus