Santander has cancelled plans to buy hundreds of RBS-owned branches.
The Spanish banking giant was all set to purchase 316 branches of the largely state-owned bank and completion was due next February.
However, despite two years of negotiations, planning and preparation it has now pulled out of the deal. This is apparently because it became clear that completion would not happen before the agreed sale date.
People banking at English or Welsh RBS branches, or Scottish NatWest branches, were due to have their banking transferred as part of the deal but will now remain with their respective banks for the time being.
However, RBS has committed to selling 316 of its branches by 2014 so if you're a customer it's possible you will still see your banking moved elsewhere soon.
Read our article The Collapse of the RBS Sale to Santander for more about what's happened and what it means for your finances.
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