BASEL, Switzerland - The currency crisis in the European Community helped boost otherwise sluggish international bank lending last year, the Bank for International Settlements said in its 1992 annual report.

After contracting 1% in 1991, lending grew by a sluggish 2% in 1992, only because of exceptional capital flows during the foreign exchange crisis, the BIS said. The growth exceeded 10% annually from 1985 through 1990.

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