DALLAS -- Bolstered by record volume in Texas, education bond sales in the first three quarters of 1991 were 15.4% ahead of the same period a year ago and on pace for the second-best year ever for that sector of the market, according to Securities Data Co./Bond Buyer.

Local schools, higher education issuers, and student loan authorities sold $5.972 billion of new debt in the third quarter, bringing the total for the first nine months of the year to $19.72 billion.

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