The two biggest deals of the first half broke out of the pattern of geographic proximity that has marked financial services mergers in past years. In fact, the biggest deal, combining Citicorp and Travelers Group, is not only national but international in scope.

And the No. 2 deal, joining Charlotte, N.C.'s NationsBank and San Francisco's Bank of America, was a dramatic example of the linking of East Coast and West Coast titans.

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