Loan demand remained strong in most sections of the country the last six weeks, though demand for real estate and consumer credit slowed in some regions, the Federal Reserve Board said Wednesday.

Banks in the Fed's Dallas, Atlanta, and Chicago regions reported robust lending growth, according to the Fed's Beige Book, a periodic review of the country's economic health. But the St. Louis region reported an overall reduction in loan volume, and consumer credit leveled off not only there but also in the Cleveland and Kansas City districts.

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