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U.S. consumer borrowing posts biggest gain since late 2017

The Federal Reserve releases its July report on consumer borrowing on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (Jenny Kane / AP)
The Federal Reserve releases its July report on consumer borrowing on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (Jenny Kane / AP)
By Martin Crutsinger Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Consumer borrowing surged in July at its fastest pace since late 2017, driven by a big jump in credit card use.

The Federal Reserve said overall consumer borrowing increased by $23.3 billion in July after a $13.8 billion advance in June. It was the biggest monthly gain since a $29.9 billion jump in November 2017.

The large July gain was led by a sizable increase in borrowing in the category covering credit cards, which rose by $10 billion in July after having fallen by $186 million in June. Borrowing in the category that covers auto and student loans also posted a sizable gain, rising by $13.3 billion in July following a $14 billion June increase.

Consumer borrowing is closely watched for signs it provides about consumer spending.

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