Ralph Nader has taken another poke at First Union Corp., saying the pending acquisition of Signet Banking Corp. seems likely to reduce service to Signet customers.

In a letter last month to First Union chairman Edward E. Crutchfield, the consumer activist criticized the $142.9 billion-asset company for an assortment of retail practices. He called upon it to take a leadership role in changing policies and "erasing the anti-consumer image of today's dominant banking corporations."

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