SAN ANTONIO - Deposits and loans at San Antonio banks rose 6.6% and 7.9%, respectively, in the first quarter from the year-earlier period.

The increases represent the first time since 1987 that loan totals have grown, according to Dick Evans, president of Frost Bank, a unit of Cullen/Frost Bankers Inc. While consumer loan demand has been growing steadily for some time, commercial borrowing has begun to increase during the past six months, he said.

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