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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — Credit union mergers may be a source of ongoing industry concern, but in Vermont the situation is even worse for banks, noted the Association of Vermont Credit Unions this week.

That’s because the state’s largest and oldest, the $3 billion Chittenden Bank of Burlington, is succumbing to a merger by a Connecticut bank, Peoples United Financial Inc., forming a $22 billion institution. With that consolidation, it brings a 67% decline in Vermont banks in 30 years.

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