An activist investment group is once again pushing for the sale of Norfolk, Va.-based Cenit Bancorp.

In a letter to Cenit's officers and directors, Mid-Atlantic Investors said the thrift company has not kept its promise to boost deposits. The Columbia, S.C., investment group-which owns 9.7% of Cenit's stock-said it will ask shareholders in a coming proxy statement to decide at Cenit's annual meeting in April whether the board should sell the $623 million- asset company.

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