Apparently contradicting the image of a beleaguered industry, the nation's 25 largest thrifts boosted their assets by 8.5% in 1995 over the previous year. Adjusted for mergers, the top 25 had assets of $387.6 billion on Dec. 31, 1995, according to an American Banker survey.

Deposits were also up at the top 25, totaling $249.7 billion - an increase of 4.6% over the previous year.

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