CALABASAS, Calif. — Countrywide Credit Industries Inc. on Monday reported that it funded $9.6 billion of loans in March, the best one-month tally in its 32-year history.

Refinance activity was $5.4 billion, or 57% of total volume, a fivefold increase from March 2000. Home purchase activity rose 2%, to $4.1 billion.

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