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U.S. Consumer Credit Jumped in November by Most Since 2001

Inside A Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Location Ahead Of Black Friday
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U.S. consumer credit outstanding rose in November by the most in 16 years as credit-card balances surged, Federal Reserve data showed Monday.

The acceleration in revolving debt shows Americans’ credit-card balances were mounting during the holiday-shopping season. The increase in non-revolving credit outstanding probably reflects more motor vehicle purchases. While household wealth is climbing on the heels of higher home prices and record stock values, the risk to the economy is that consumers with fewer assets may have to temper their spending until debt loads become more manageable.