After a five-year hiatus, Bank of Boston Corp. is getting back into the credit card business with low-rate cards targeted at consumers who carry balances.

The $45.3 billion-asset banking company began offering the MasterCards and Visas last week. For the first six months, the cards carry a 6.9% rate, or 1.85% below prime, which jumps to 3.75% above prime, now 12.50%.

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