WASHINGTON — More than half of the Federal Reserve's 12 regional banks said Wednesday that loan demand jumped "slightly" since the central bank's last economic survey taken in August.

"Overall loan demand was steady to stronger in most districts. Credit standards were little changed since the last report, and a number of districts noted improvements in loan quality or steady to declining delinquency rates," said the central bank's survey of economic conditions, known as the Beige Book.

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