It's nap time for New England's hungry monsters, as the area's four giant regionals take a break after lunch - giving community banks some breathing room.

After months of heightened acquisition activity, Fleet Financial Group Inc. and Citizens Financial Group Inc., both of Providence, and Bank of Boston Corp. and Shawmut National Corp., both of Boston, are staying off the active buying path, possibly for a few months, while they digest the food on their plates, analysts say.

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