In a measure of how slow the bank merger market has become, the most talked-about deals of the year are two that fell apart.

Banks and thrifts announced only $10.4 billion of mergers in the first quarter - a mere trickle after the $66.6 billion last year and $250.3 billion in 1998. The biggest deal was U.S. Trust Corp.'s sale to Charles Schwab & Co. for $2.6 billion. (See tables, pages 14-20.)

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