United Bankshares' (UBSI) earnings increased during the first quarter, with support from the completion of its Virginia Commerce Bancorp acquisition and sale of one of its own branches.

United, an $11.9 billion-asset financial institution based in Charleston, W. Va., reported earnings of $30.1 million in the first quarter, compared to $21.6 million a year earlier. Earnings per share of 48 cents for the first quarter beat analyst's estimates by five cents.

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