CHICAGO - Several major Midwest banks reported excellent third-quarter results Tuesday and appear poised to sustain their considerable momentum.

Norwest Corp's profits increased 20.8% from a year ago, to $133.9 million, and Banc One Corp.'s $186.2 million net income was up 32.6%. PNC Financial Corp. was up 26%, to $135.1 million; and Mellon Bank Corp. advanced 123%, to $156 million.

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