SPOKANE, Wash. -- Sterling Savings, a unit of Sterling Financial Corp., said it has agreed to acquire six branches in the western part of the state from Key Bank of Washington, a subsidiary of Albany, N.Y.-based Keycorp.

"This purchase affirms Sterling's commitment to further expansion in Washington," said Harold Gilkey, chief executive officer. The thrift has 34 branches and about $700 million of assets.

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