Interbank lending improvements slow

LONDON (AP) -- Lending rates among banks in the U.S. and Europe have edged barely lower Monday, suggesting concerns over global economic growth are keeping credit conditions tight.

The rate on three-month loans in dollars -- known as the London Interbank Offered Rate, or Libor -- has edged down to 3.51 percent from 3.52 percent on Friday.

The so-called European Interbank Offered Rate for three-month euro-denominated loans has eased to 4.912 percent from 4.918 percent.

The rates have fallen steadily for over 10 days as confidence in the banking industry has been helped by rescue measures announced by governments and central banks this month.

However, the improvements are tapering off on mounting concern that a global economic recession will keep banks' balance sheets under pressure.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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