A suburban Chicago savings bank is strengthening its foothold in Southern California through a deal with one of the nation's largest thrifts.

Regency Savings Bank, a subsidiary of Oak Park, Ill.-based FBOP Corp., is buying the $380 million of deposits in six California Federal Bank branches in San Diego County, with. Coupled with its 1995 acquisition of International Savings Bank, the thrift's area deposits will now total $680 million.

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