The blockbuster deal between Firstar Corp. and U.S. Bancorp would sideline two of the industry’s most active acquirers.

Firstar, of Milwaukee, and U.S. Bancorp, of Minneapolis, have grown primarily through mergers, and they continue to be mentioned as suitors for such regional players as Amcore Financial Inc. of Rockford, Ill., and Bay View Capital Corp. of San Mateo, Calif.

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