Nearly half of the roughly 600 Florida branches NationsBank acquired from Barnett discovered they had lost access to customer information Wednesday after an orbiting communications satellite failed.

Employees at up to 300 branches could not call up customer data. They had to refer clients to automated teller machines, telephone service centers, or the more than 300 former Barnett branches in Florida that remained operational. "In most cases, we've found alternate ways to do business," said spokesman Ellison Clary.

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