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Consumer borrowing falls for 9th straight month (2:34 p.m. 12/7/09)

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER
AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers borrowed less for a record ninth straight month in October, according to the Federal Reserve. It was another sign that consumer spending will remain weak, making it harder for the economy to mount a sustained rebound.

According to the Fed, consumer credit fell at an annual rate of $3.5 billion in October, although that’s significantly lower than the $9.3 billion decline that economists had expected.

The Fed report also stated consumer credit overall dropped at an annual rate of 1.7 percent in October, compared with a 4.2 percent drop in September.

Demand for revolving credit, the category that includes credit cards, fell 9.3 percent, while borrowing in the category that includes auto loans rose at an annual rate of 2.6 percent.

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