Royal Bank of Scotland is likely to kick off a new round of expansion in the United States if it succeeds in its bid for National Westminster Bank PLC, according to banking analysts and market sources.

Noting that Royal Bank's Providence, R.I.-based U.S. unit, Citizens Financial Group Inc., has run up against geographical limits to expanding in New England, analysts said Royal is now much more likely to seek to duplicate what it has achieved through Citizens by acquiring a bank in another part of the United States and combining back offices to cut costs.

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