After years of wooing consumers with everything from no-fee credit cards to newfangled home equity loans, banks are shifting their focus to corporate America.

Commercial loan outstandings at the nation's 50 largest business lenders grew 6.81% in 1997, according to data compiled by Sheshunoff Information Services for American Banker. At the same time, consumer loan outstandings declined 0.27% at the largest consumer lenders.

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