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D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, New York, dropped out of the $40 million Chase Manhattan Corp. review, according to executives close to the proceedings. DMB&B will concentrate on the $70 million Merrill Lynch & Co. review. Remaining contenders for the Chase account include incumbent McCann-Erickson Worldwide; Grey Advertising; Bozell Worldwide; Foote, Cone & Belding; Lowe & Partners/SMS; and Saatchi & Saatchi, all New York. Geduldig & Ferguson, New York, is handling the review. DMB&B declined comment; Chase did not return calls.

N.W. Ayer & Partners, New York, said it dropped out of the $40 million to $50 million Seattle-based Nordstrom review. Richards Group, Dallas, exited the review earlier this month. Remaining contenders are Fallon McElligott, Minneapolis, and Saatchi & Saatchi Pacific, Torrance, Calif. Select Resources International, West Hollywood, Calif., is handling the review.

Copyright March 1998, Crain Communications Inc.

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