SHOULD NATIONAL City Corp. go national? Don't bet on it, at least as long as Edward B. Brandon remains in charge of the $31 billion-asset institution.

Mr. Brandon and National City were upstaged last month when Robert W. Gillespie, when Robert W. Gillespie, chief executive of local rival Society Corp., engineered the year's largest deal, a $58 billion megamerger with Keycorp. It's a deal that will eventually place Mr. Gillespie at the helm of a company that is national in scope.

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