After being jilted by two would-be buyers, Peoples Community Bancorp Inc. of West Chester, Ohio, now finds itself in a position to pick partners — at least for its branches.

The company said last week that First Financial Bancorp of Cincinnati raised its offer to buy most of Peoples' branches because of an unsolicited bid from an unidentified third party.

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