Banks are expanding their on-line computer banking services for small- business customers, prodded by Intuit's development of a program linked to its small-business accounting software, according to the financial software firm.

The last time Intuit counted, in November, 28 banks had introduced or were planning to offer computer banking services using its Quickbooks financial software, designed for businesses with up to 30 employees. A spot check last week found that at least one other major bank is offering Quickbooks-based services.

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