Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):              April 11, 2003
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                                  POPULAR, INC.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

COMMONWEALTH OF PUERTO RICO         NO. 0-13818            NO. 66-0416582
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(State or other jurisdiction        (Commission             (IRS Employer
of incorporation)                   File Number)          Identification No.)

            209 MUNOZ RIVERA AVENUE
              HATO REY, PUERTO RICO                        00918
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    (Address of principal executive offices)             (Zip Code)

       Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (787) 765-9800

          (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

Item 5.  Other Events

         On April 11, 2003, Popular, Inc. (the "Corporation") announced in a
news release its operational results for the quarter ended March 31,2003. A copy
of the Corporation's release, dated April 11, 2003, is attached hereto as
Exhibit 99(a) and is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 7.  Financial Statements, Pro Forma Financial Information and Exhibits

         (c) Exhibits

         99(a) News release dated April 11, 2003, announcing the Corporation's
consolidated earnings for the quarter ended March 31, 2003.


         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                    POPULAR, INC.

Date:  April 11, 2003               By:  /s/ Amilcar L. Jordan
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                                    Name:  Amilcar L. Jordan, Esq.
                                    Title: Senior Vice President and Comptroller

                                  EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit Number                          Description
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99(a)                         News release, dated April 11, 2003