Four large regional banking companies reported third-quarter profit gains of more than 20% each, thanks to solid increases in both net interest income and fees.

NationsBank Corp. notched a 23% gain, to $530 million; First Interstate Bancorp was up a whopping 83%, to $237.8 million; Bank of New York Co. jumped 21%, to $234 million; and First Chicago Corp. climbed 35%, to $207 million.

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