Bank economists are predicting the growth of consumer and business lending will slow in 1997.

The American Bankers Association's economic advisory committee Wednesday said consumer lending would grow 5.8% in 1997. That would be down from 8.3% in 1996 and 15% in 1995. Demand for commercial and industrial loans will grow 6% this year, down from growth rates of 8.2% in 1996 and 9% in 1995.

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