BB&T of Winston-Salem, NC, has accelerated its northeasterly push, this time into the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Not the gritty city where the nation has its capitol, mind you, so much as the wealthy suburbs and thriving exurbs that fan out into Maryland and Virginia.

With its $226.5 million acquisition of Frederick, MD-based FCNB Corp., BB&T jumps from sixth-place to first in market share in central Maryland, an area it considers "the most economically attractive part of the state."

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