North Carolina's community banks might encounter expansion opportunities - and some new competitors - in the wake of Southern National Corp.'s $985 million deal to buy United Carolina Bancshares.

United and Southern National said about 80 branches would overlap, so many will likely be shuttered or sold. One analyst speculated that the company may have to jettison deposits as well due to anti-trust concerns.

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