WASHINGTON — Total lending through the Federal Reserve Board's discount window dropped 8.6% from a week earlier, to $288.7 billion, in part because borrowing by commercial banks fell 6.6%, to $92.6 billion, the central bank said Thursday.

For the second week in a row, the Fed said it lent money to weak financial institutions. The central bank distributed $118 million in the form of secondary credit, an 11.3% jump from a week earlier.

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