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SEATTLE — The fire sale of Seattle’s Washington Mutual Savings Bank capped a year-long surge of new member business to the state’s credit unions, according to the Washington Credit Union League.

In a press announcement accompanying a safety and soundness campaign that hit all 125 of the state’s newspapers, the league said new membership tripled in the first half of 2008 to 62,782 and increased even more once the Sept. 25 sale of the nation’s largest thrift to JPMorgan Chase was made official.

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