Branch divestitures resulting from the merger of Norwest Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. will let two acquirers add significantly to their market shares in fast-growing western states.

California Federal Bank of San Francisco announced a definitive agreement Monday to buy 12 Norwest branches in Nevada. Cal Fed will add $637 million of deposits, bringing its market share rank in the state to third from sixth, plus $40 million of loans.

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