WHEELING, W. Va. -- Wesbanco Inc., a multibank holding company, said its third-quarter net income increased 21%, fueled by a rise in loan volume.

Wesbanco, which owns nine banks in West Virginia and eastern Ohio, also said its plan to acquire First Fidelity Bancorp, Fairmont, W. Va., is on track and should be completed by the first quarter of 1994. The acquisition will add three banks with 13 offices to Wesbanco's system. After the merger, consolidated assets will total $1.35 billion.

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