The credit bureau TransUnion LLC said average bank card debt and delinquency rates rose in the first quarter as consumers struggled to pay their bills.

Average bank card borrower debt rose 4.1%, to $5,776, in the quarter from a year earlier. Ezra Becker, director of consulting and strategy in TransUnion's financial services group, said this could reflect a move by consumers to divert more income to basic necessities.

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