- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government says that lending to businesses from the top banks getting bailout funds fell in January despite the billions of dollars the banks received in government support.

The Treasury Department says in a monthly report that lending on regular business loans and on business loans backed by real estate both declined in January, compared to December.

The findings were based on reports filed by the top 21 recipients of rescue money from the government’s $700 billion financial bailout fund.

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