WASHINGTON - Federal regulators have given themselves an extra month to decide whether to object to Citigroup Inc.'s planned acquisition of Associates First Capital.

In letters sent Thursday to the companies, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said they have extended to Dec. 16 their deadline for action. Their original target date had been today, but officials said they needed more time to consider the many public comments that they have received on the deal.

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