First Union Real Estate Equity and Mortgage Investments, Boston, has changed its name to Winthrop Realty Trust, and its operating partnership, First Union REIT LP, has changed its name to WRT Realty LP.Michael L. Ashner, Winthrop's chairman and chief executive officer, said the name change "enables us to more closely identify with our management team and the investment philosophy we have developed at Winthrop over the past nine years and eliminate the continuing confusion engendered by the similarity between the trust's former name and that of the former First Union bank." Winthrop, a real estate investment trust, will continue to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol FUR.

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