The planned merger of Travelers Group and Citicorp came under fire Wednesday from a community group complaining that Travelers locates its insurance agencies in predominately white, suburban neighborhoods.

The Association of Community Organization for Reform Now, known as Acorn, released the study showing the pattern on the eve of a Federal Reserve Board hearing on the proposed merger. Acorn said the study shows Travelers discriminates against minorities, and it urged the Fed to reject the Citicorp application.

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