WASHINGTON -- A group of African-American bankers won the bidding for six suburban Maryland branches owned by the Resolution Trust Corp. last week, a significant victory for minority bankers in competition for what's left of the S&L cleanup.

Officials for First InnerCity Holdings Inc. of Stamford, Conn., said last week that it had used recently modified minority preference rules in RTC bidding procedures to edge out larger, nonminority bidders for the Washington-area franchise. They did not disclose the price.

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