WASHINGTON - The volume of rated, uninsured lease offerings during the first half of the year ran ahead of 1991's record pace, indicating that the Brevard County, Fla., controversy has had no effect on the popularity of leasing, Standard & Poor's Corp. said.

"Investors do not appear to be avoiding leases" despite predictions that the lease market would be dealt a "crippling blow" by the county's referendum in March, Standard & Poor's said in a CreditWeek Municipal article scheduled for publication today.

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