WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve Board's purchases of commercial paper increased 5.7% during the past week, to $256.9 billion on Wednesday.

Total lending through the Fed's discount window dropped 8.8% from a week earlier, to $316.1 billion on Wednesday. That drop is partially due to a pullback by traditional banks, whose borrowings totaled $99.2 billion, down 8.6% from a week earlier.

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