The economic debacle over the last two years is still having serious ramifications upon small businesses, as this important component of the economy is finding it increasingly harder to gain access to loans. While the overall credit conditions have improved since the height of the financial crisis, the small business credit crunch continues to deepen.
According to a Treasury report released late Tuesday, the 22 nation’s largest banks that got the most help from the TARP programs have cut their small business lending by a collective $11.6 billion since April.
The banks’ total lending has fallen 4.3% in that six-month period, to $257.7 billion.
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