The Week Ahead

INSTALLMENT CREDIT

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 3 p.m. EDT -- Consumers probably added only about $3 billion in new debt in July, says the median forecast of economists surveyed by Standard & Poor's MMS, a unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Credit had risen by a large $6.7 billion in June, but in general, installment debt increases have slowed this year. Consumers are finding new borrowing avenues, such as home equity loans.

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