Credit-quality concerns and small-business woes continued to weigh on Advanta Corp., a specialist in small-business credit cards.

The Spring House, Pa., issuer reported Thursday that it swung to a third-quarter loss of $17.6 million, or 43 cents a share, from a profit of $19.48 million, or 47 cents a share, a year earlier. Its profits have fallen steadily over the past year.

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