WASHINGTON — Two merging Midwestern banks must sell six Michigan branches to resolve anti-trust concerns, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Fifth Third Bancorp, with headquarters in Cincinnati, and Old Kent Financial Corp., with headquarters in Grand Rapids, Mich., have agreed to sell branches in Fremont, Grand Haven, Holland, St. Joseph, and Zeeland, all cities in Western Michigan. According to Justice, the merger, without the divestitures, would have reduced competition for small business banking services.

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