Some community banks on the West Coast have been trading branches like baseball cards lately.

AmericanWest Bank in Spokane, Wash., recently announced it would sell branches in Idaho, Utah and Washington on Monday to three different buyers. At the same time AmericanWest is buying eight branches in Southern Californiafrom First PacTrust Bancorp (BANC) in Irvine, Calif. Meanwhile, First PacTrust has announced it will open a branch in Pasadena, Calif., that would complement three Los Angeles area branches it is poised to acquire in a whole-bank deal.

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