WASHINGTON -- Despite heightened attention to lending discrimination, the disparity in mortgage-denial rates between black and white applicants increased in many cities last year, according to a national activist group.

In a survey of 120 lenders in 23 cities, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now found that black applicants seeking conventional home mortgages were rejected 2.86 times as often as whites, up from 2.72 in 1991. The group also found that applications from blacks fell 20% between 1990 and 1992.

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