Shawmut National Corp. said Tuesday that it had sold two packages of commercial and residential real estate with a carrying value of $309.8 million. The New England company promoted the sale as a significant step in resolving its credit problems.

Shawmut, which is based in Hartford, Conn., said it sold commercial real estate assets with a carrying value of $289.9 million to Whitehall Street Real Estate Limited Partnership III, a partnership formed by Goldman, Sachs & Co., and to J.E. Robert Cos.

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