LONDON - MARCH 1:  The HSBC building is seen at Canary Wharf March 1, 2004 in London, England. The London-based bank, which operates in 79 countries, gave an upbeat tone for the global economy, including its key Hong Kong market by reporting a record annual pre-tax profit of ?7.7bn (US$14.4).  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***