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1 Mar 2017 (AFR) – Shrinking US bank lending at odds with upbeat business, consumer mood

(1 March 2017, AFR, p11, by John Kehoe)

‘Bank lending and home sales are going backwards in the United States at a time when interest rates have jumped higher since the November presidential election. The surprise downturn in the total outstanding bank loans – especially to business – and fewer sales of houses in recent months clash with soaring business and consumer confidence. Economists have been caught by surprise by the contractions and are trying to figure out if the declines are temporary or a warning sign for the US economy.’

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