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Consumer borrowing slowed in April

WASHINGTON – Consumers slowed their borrowing in April after pushing up their debt levels by a record amount in March.

The Federal Reserve says total borrowing increased by $13.4 billion in April, down from a revised March increase of $28.4 billion, which had been the largest monthly increase on record.

Borrowing in the category that contains auto loans and student debt rose $11.8 billion in April, a solid increase but smaller than the $17.9 billion surge in March. Borrowing in the category that includes credit cards rose $1.6 billion in April compared to a rise of $10.4 billion in March.

Even with the slower increases, total consumer debt still rose to a record level of $3.6 trillion in April.