Consumer borrowing in March rose by the most in a little more than a year as Americans used credit cards more often while also taking out school and auto loans, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday.

Consumers increased their debt in March by a seasonally adjusted $17.5 billion, the fastest pace since February 2013. That increase was bigger than projected and followed a revised $13 billion February advance that was smaller than initially reported. Non-revolving loans, including borrowing for cars and college tuition, rose by the most in six months to $16.4 billion, up 8.7% in March following an 8.4% gain in February.  

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