Fleet Financial Group and BankBoston Corp. are floating a trial balloon, suggesting to community groups that they may offer $14.6 billion in loans to small-business owners and low-income borrowers as part of their $16 billion merger.

Community activists, however, said they were unsatisfied with the proposal and vowed to continue to fight the merger on antitrust grounds. The deal, announced in March, is scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter.

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