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U.S. Consumers Cut Back On Credit Card Use In April

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Americans cut back sharply on their credit card purchases in April, a sign that some may be worried about the slowdown in hiring.

The Federal Reserve says consumers increased borrowing by $6.5 billion in April, just half of the March gain.

The gain was driven by a $9.96 billion increase in a category that includes auto and student loans. That offset a $3.4 billion decline in a measure of credit card debt, the first decline since January.

Total borrowing rose to a seasonally adjusted $2.55 trillion. That was slightly below the all-time high of $2.58 trillion reached in July 2008, eight months after the Great Recession began.

The decline in credit card debt follows a report last week that showed hiring slowed sharply in April and May.


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