WSJ — Where to Find the Money. Despite a Contraction in Consumer Loans, Some Banks Are Rolling Out the Dough

Some bankers still say yes.

That is hard to believe considering the drought in lending. U.S. banks posted a 7.5% decline in 2009 in total loans outstanding, the steepest percentage drop since 1942, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Consumer lending fell by 3.8% as roughly 7,200 banks and credit unions pulled back on mortgages, credit cards and other loans, according to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal.

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