WASHINGTON - Despite increased attention to discrimination, mortgage lenders did not significantly improve their racial-bias record last year, the Federal Reserve Board said Tuesday.

Making its second release of data gathered under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, the Fed said 37.6% of blacks' loan applications and 26.6% of Hispanic's were denied in 1991. Both denial rates were higher than in 1990, but this was true among all racial groups in the tight economy.

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