BUFFALO -- Marine Midland Banks Inc., the U.S. banking unit of London-based HSBC Holdings PLC, reported a 19% rise in third-quarter profits to $57.7 million from $48.5 million a year earlier.

The increase came mainly from improved net interest income and lower operating expenses. Net interest income rose 4% to $189 million, a 14% rise in lees and commissions to $31.3 million.

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