WASHINGTON -- Foreign investors had a strong appetite for Treasury securities and U.S. corporate bonds in the second quarter, the Commerce Department said yesterday.

Net foreign purchases of Treasury bonds adn other securities soared to $13.9 billion, from $3.4 billion in the first quarter, according to the department's report on the U.S. current account balance. The increase reflected large purchases of marketable bonds sold by international investment funds, officials said.

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