ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. - Centura Banks Inc. said it is doubling the number of branches it will divest in order to win approval of its $608 million deal for Raleigh, N.C.-based Triangle Bancorp.Centura, which has $8.9 billion of assets, will sell one of its own branches and four Triangle Bank branches to Southern Bank and Trust Co. of Woodland, N.C. for an undisclosed price, it said late last week. Lucama, N.C.-based Heritage Bank will buy two Triangle branches, and Fidelity Bank in Fuquay, N.C. and First-Citizens Bank and Trust Co. in Raleigh will each buy one.

Centura said in a statement that the sales were required by regulators. Centura said it still expects to close its deal for $2.3 billion-asset Triangle in the first quarter.

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