Wachovia Corp. agreed Friday to divest nine branches in Virginia to resolve Justice Department antitrust objections to its merger with Central Fidelity Banks Inc.

The nine branches have $217.9 million of deposits. Three are Central Fidelity branches; the rest belong to Jefferson National Bancshares, a Charlottesville, Va.-based bank that Wachovia agreed to buy in June before it bid for Central Fidelity.

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