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Two of Italy's wealthiest businessmen

Andrea Bonomi and Luciano Benetton, chairman of the clothing giant Benetton Group SpA -- are about buy the British sports car maker Group Lotus for about $57.5 million from Bugatti International, according to the Financial Times of London.

Bank of New York Co. said Monday it will acquire Putnam Trust Co. of Greenwich, Conn., for $140 million in stock, giving the bank a foothold in Connecticut.

WellPoint Health Networks Inc. said Monday it is considering an acquisition of Health Systems International Inc., a merger that would create the biggest publicly traded health maintenance organization with revenues of more than $5 billion.

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