Loan demand remained generally strong through much of the country during the past five weeks, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.

Borrowing by loan type was mixed, with various Fed regions reporting different results in both commercial and consumer lending. Only the Richmond, Va., and St. Louis Fed banks reported slight declines in overall lending, according to the Beige Book, the Fed's periodic survey of regional economic conditions. It is compiled for the Federal Open Market Committee, the Fed's monetary policy arm, which next meets Sept. 24.

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