General Electric Co. executives said Tuesday that it is becoming more improbable that regulatory reform measures being debated in Washington would force a separation of the GE Capital unit from the parent company.

"We're consistently hearing from people that we shouldn't be breaking up successful institutions when they weren't the cause of the crisis," Brackett Denniston, GE's general counsel, told investors during an online overview of GE Capital. "This forced-breakup idea is increasingly unlikely to be adopted as part of this total" reform package.

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