While a host of Northeast banks, including First Fidelity Bancorp., reported positive fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday, the Lawrenceville, N.J.-based bank also announced it would eliminate some 7.7% of its work force and close 40 of its 710 offices.

The nation's 25th-largest bank will cut 1,000 of its 13,000 jobs this year, said Paul Levine, a spokesman for the $36.2 billion-asset bank. Three hundred employees received pink slips two weeks ago, he said.

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