Seeking to prove banking and commerce may be mixed successfully, the Office of Thrift Supervision sent an 18-page report to lawmakers last week detailing the types of businesses conducted by the 100 or so nonfinancial companies that own a single thrift.

Currently, 515 thrifts, with $467 billion of assets, are controlled by 704 unitary thrift holding companies. But just 102 of those holding companies, owning 73 thrifts, engage in nonbanking activities, OTS said. These thrifts hold $196 billion, or 26%, of the industry's assets.

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