BOSTON - FleetBoston Financial Corp. said it completed the final stage of its branch and deposit divestitures last weekend, turning over 96 branches in Massachusetts and 13 in New Hampshire to Sovereign Bancorp of Wyomissing, Pa.

Fleet agreed last year to divest 315 branches and $12 billion of deposits to allay antitrust concerns raised in its merger with BankBoston Corp. Sovereign, which won the bidding for the bulk of the branches, is now the third-largest banking company in New England, behind Fleet and Citizens Financial Group of Providence, R.I.

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