Bankers Trust has committed to provide more than $1 billion of bank financing to Yucaipa Cos. for the planned purchase of Ralphs Supermarkets Inc. for $1.51 billion, including the assumption of debt. A Bankers Trust executive said Thursday that the Yucaipa deal marks the biggest buyout loan commitment by the bank in at least several years.

It's unclear, though, whether Yucaipa will require that much bank debt.

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