CHICAGO - When Household Finance Corp. opened its first bilingual branch in a Hispanic neighborhood on the city's north side in June, it was a homecoming for the consumer finance company.

Stung by commercial loan losses and high delinquency rates in the 1980s, Household Finance withdrew from most urban markets five years ago. It shut hundreds of expensive-to-maintain inner-city branches in places like Chicago, New York, and Detroit.

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