Average loan balances at banks getting government aid fell for a third straight month in April.

The results of a monthly survey the Treasury Department released Monday showed that balances dropped 0.8% from March, or $34.7 billion.

Balances fell 0.9% in March and 0.4% during February.

The Treasury data covers the top 21 recipients of government investments in the Troubled Asset Relief Program's Capital Purchase Program.

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