WASHINGTON — Lending by bankers to business and consumers remained steady over the most recent quarter, while some districts reported stronger demand for loans than others.

"Overall loan demand was steady in five districts, rose in four, and fell in one," the central bank said in the Beige Book, a survey of economic conditions in the Fed's 12 regional areas. "Credit standards were largely unchanged, except in two districts, where there were some signs of loosening."

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