People's Bank in Bridgeport, Conn., can be removed from the list of potential bidders for branches that Fleet Financial Group and BankBoston Corp. plan to divest in New England.

The $10.4 billion-asset thrift told investors last week it did not make an offer for any of the 292 branches or $12.5 billion of deposits Fleet and BankBoston are expected to divest to win regulatory approval of their $16 billion merger.

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