The West Coast's new banking behemoth is shaping up as a front-runner in the race to offer full-service banking in cyberspace.

Wells Fargo & Co. and First Interstate Bancorp, which are set to merge formally in April, each is offering a wide range of banking services on the Internet - and First Interstate has just unveiled a major upgrading of its site on the World Wide Web. The improved site for the first time lets First Interstate customers conduct banking transactions through the Web.

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