Declaring that he wants to create a Midwest banking powerhouse as formidable as Banc One Corp., the chairman of ABN Amro Holding NV said he plans to step up acquisitions in the United States.

Peter Jan Kalff said that while Holland's largest bank has already made strong inroads in the United States-its ABN Amro North America unit ranks 11th, with $87 billion of assets-it is now in a stronger position to expand.

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