Continuing on a record-setting pace, the 1997 volume of syndicated loans stood at $770.4 billion on Sept. 30, almost 14% ahead of where it was a year earlier, according to Securities Data Co.

Chase Manhattan Corp. topped the league tables for both broadly syndicated and leveraged loans. Given full credit for each transaction, Chase's total of $341.8 billion in 478 issues gave it a 44% market share.

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