While several midwestern banking companies are struggling to sustain their profit growth levels of recent years, Old Kent Financial Corp. is sticking to projections of double-digit growth.

The Grand Rapids, Mich., company says it is shooting to achieve 12% to 15% growth in per-share earnings by grabbing market share, through acquisition if necessary, in a region where bigger rivals such as KeyCorp and Bank One Corp. have disappointed Wall Street.

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