BUFFALO -- Marine Midland Banks Inc. earned $57.1 million in the second quarter, 26% more than in the comparable period of 1993.

For the first half, net income was up 38%, to $109.7 million. The $16.9 billion-asset U.S. subsidiary of HSBC Holdings attributed the improvement in the six-month performance to revenue growth and a 12.3% increase in net interest income, to $381 million. Operating expenses fell 8% because of productivity gains, Marine said, and no loss provision was taken.

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