The rate at which banks approved small-business loans rose in August, as large banks approved the highest percentage of loan applications since the financial crisis began.

Banks with $10 billion or more in assets approved 17.6% of their small-business loan applications in August, up from 17.4% in July, according to a survey released Tuesday by Biz2Credit, an online loan marketplace. The August approval rate is the highest for big banks since 2007, when the survey began, and shows an increase of 62% from August 2012, when they approved 10.9% of small-business loans.

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