Three North Carolina bank companies have struck deals to buy nine branches that are being divested because of an in-state merger deal.Rocky Mount, N.C.-based Centura Banks Inc. said in the summer that it would buy Triangle Bancorp Inc. in Raleigh, N.C., for about $608 million. To win regulatory approval for the in-state deal, Centura decided to divest the nine branches.

NewSouth Bancorp in Washington, N.C., said this week that it would buy six Triangle branches in eastern North Carolina for an undisclosed amount. The deal would boost deposits at $300 million-asset NewSouth by about 66%, to about $370 million.

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