DaimlerChrysler, the automotive powerhouse created last year by the merger of Chrysler and Germany's Daimler Benz, said it will combine their financial services operations into a single unit with more than $81 billion of outstanding loans and credits.

DaimlerChrysler Services AG, headquartered in Berlin, will be the world's fourth-largest provider of financial services outside banking and insurance, the company said Wednesday. Daimler and Chrysler last year posted a combined $14 billion in revenues from financial services and employed 23,000 people.

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