Most economic signals these days can be read two ways, so it's no surprise that a recent survey of community bank executives leaves just a little bit of doubt about the level of enthusiasm in their lending outlooks.

Sixty-two percent of banks expected loan demand to increase over the next year, up from 59% last quarter, according to a survey of more than 200 banks, nearly all of them with assets of less than $10 billion. It was conducted by Promontory Interfinancial Network, a provider of balance-sheet and liquidity-management products.

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