Barely five months after losing a hostile bid for Great Western Financial, H.F. Ahmanson & Co. showed it can boost earnings anyway.

Ahmanson, based in Irwindale, Calif.-based, reported Tuesday that it earned $95.5 million in the third quarter, 30% more than a year earlier. Per-share earnings jumped 50%, to 84 cents-1 cent more than the First Call Corp. consensus.

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