Credit card loans grew far more slowly in 1996 and the first half of 1997 than in the two prior years, according to the American Bankers Association.

In 1996, credit card outstandings grew 14.3%, to $366 billion, said the ABA's annual report on the card industry. That's off sharply from 24.9% in 1995 and 30% in 1994.

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