WASHINGTON - Less than four months after a community group labeled it one of the five worst lenders in the country, Chase Manhattan Corp. is reporting a dramatic increase in mortgage lending to minorities.

Chase announced this week that it boosted home lending to minorities 270% in 1994, originating 6,578 mortgages to blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans. That's up from 1,773 mortgages in 1993.

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