The consolidation in the banking industry, which is expected to halve the number of banks nationwide by the year 2000, will leave community banks largely unscathed, a survey says.

Instead, the mergers will take place mainly among the approximately 300 big banks in the country, a trend already evidenced by the megadeals of this past summer, according to Steven A. Savia, chairman-elect of the Institute of Management Consultants.

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