Countrywide Credit Industries Inc., which is trying to raise deposits to fund its branching out from home lending to other banking services, is one step closer to launching the Internet banking operation at the core of its diversification push.

On Tuesday, the company took another step in its evolution. Countrywide received conditional approval from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to acquire Treasury Bank, a $100 million-asset Washington, D.C., institution that would bring the bank charter and lay the groundwork for the Internet strategy.

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