Fleet Financial Group's agreement last week to buy $600 million of credit card receivables from Crestar Financial Corp. underscores the Boston company's aspirations to be a strong, nationwide marketer.

The sale, at an 8% premium and representing more than half of Crestar's $1.1 billion portfolio, came almost five months after Fleet went national by buying Advanta Corp.'s $10.5 billion of credit card receivables.

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