BANKS SEE DIMINISHING RETURNS ON RETAIL SITES

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. -- Tops Friendly Markets here is one of the latest retailers planning to expand its in-store banking operations, but some analysts said the future of such partnerships could be limited.Tops, a division of Ahold USA, Chantilly, Va., recently revealed that it would provide financial services in at least 70 of its stores in New York and Ohio beginning next year.Earlier this month,

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. -- Tops Friendly Markets here is one of the latest retailers planning to expand its in-store banking operations, but some analysts said the future of such partnerships could be limited.

Tops, a division of Ahold USA, Chantilly, Va., recently revealed that it would provide financial services in at least 70 of its stores in New York and Ohio beginning next year.

Earlier this month, the Buffalo News reported that Tops would open its own brand of in-store banks

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