The major thrifts on the West Coast reported generally strong earnings for the quarter ended in September, as fatter-than-expected interest rate spreads and one-time gains pushed many of their earnings above analysts' expectations.

Among those posting higher earnings were H.F. Ahmanson & Co., the country's biggest thrift, which had a 346% increase to $273 million, and No. 2 Great Western Financial Corp., which enjoyed a 20% gain, to $68.5 million.

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