Consumer Borrowing Rises for Eighth Straight Month

Americans borrowed more in May for the eighth straight month and used their credit cards more for only the second time in nearly three years.

Credit Card Statement
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Credit Card Statement

The Federal Reserve says consumer borrowing rose $5.1 billion following a revised gain of $5.7 billion in April. Borrowing in the category that covers credit cards increased, as did borrowing in the category for auto and student loans.

The increase in credit card borrowing marked only the second monthly gain since August 2008. Since the financial crisis, consumers have been cutting back on the use of credit cards, which has depressed economic growth because it has held back consumer spending.