Royal Bank of Canada, which over the past year has acquired a loose array of niche businesses in the United States, on Friday announced the deal that it hopes will let it stitch those financial services operations together.

The Toronto bank said it had agreed to buy Centura Banks Inc. of Rocky Mount, N.C., for $2.3 billion. Executives from Canada’s largest banking company said that Centura, with $11 billion of assets and 240 branches in Virginia and the Carolinas, fits well into their strategy of expanding Royal Bank’s customer base and cross-selling an array of financial products.

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