In a sign that the slowing economy is not wreaking havoc on banks everywhere, Greater Bay Bancorp of Palo Alto, Calif., is promising investors rosier-than-expected earnings for the fourth quarter.

Two days before a scheduled presentation at an investors conference, Greater Bay said Monday that it expects to exceed analystsÂ’ expectations for the quarter. The most recent consensus of estimates tracked by Thomson Financial/First Call is 43 cents a share.

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