Good credit card banks have managed to keep up consistent double-digit growth rates in receivables, but none in the top 10 did better than Chase Manhattan Corp.'s 29% for 1997.

That left the product of the 1996 merger of Chase with Chemical Banking Corp. at $33.1 billion. But by the middle of this year, the loan balances had fallen to $31.9 billion. That reflected an industrywide slowdown, said Michael Urkowitz, executive vice president and head of cardmember services.

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