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U.S. Consumer Credit Climbs More Than Expected In July

Consumer credit in the U.S. increased by more than anticipated in the month of July, according to a report released by the Federal Reserve on Friday.

The Fed said consumer credit jumped by $18.5 billion in July after rising by a downwardly revised $11.8 billion in June.

Economists had expected consumer credit to climb by $15.1 billion compared to the $12.4 billion increase originally reported for the previous month.

The bigger than expected increase in consumer credit came as non-revolving credit such as student loans and car loans surged up by $15.8 billion in July after climbing by $7.1 billion in June.

Revolving credit, which largely reflects credit card debt, edged up by a more modest $2.6 billion in July after rising by $4.7 billion in the previous month.

The Fed said consumer credit increased by an annual rate of 5.9 percent in July, as revolving and non-revolving credit rose by 3.2 percent and 6.9 percent, respectively.

by RTT Staff Writer

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