A few top banks have grown into giant ATM deployers.

Amid a rapid industry consolidation and a penchant for placing automated teller machines away from bank premises, the top 50 ATM-owning banks had an aggregate 76,471 ATMs midyear, for a year-to-year increase of 24%, according to an annual data compilation by American Banker. Between 1996 and 1997, the jump was 17%.

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