The hotly contested race for retail customers here notched up a few degrees this week as SunTrust Banks Inc. introduced the latest in a series of "cash-back" offers from major local banks.

Atlanta-based SunTrust this week began offering grocery store coupons worth $101 to customers who transfer balances of at least $2,500 from other financial institutions. The coupons are good only in Publix supermarkets in Atlanta, where SunTrust has been installing in-store branches.

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