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Europe’s credit squeeze shows signs of easing

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New data show that Europe’s squeeze on credit to consumers and businesses may be easing slightly.

The European Central Bank’s quarterly lending survey showed that banks on balance are no longer tightening their standards for giving people mortgage loans. Slightly more banks reported easier home loan standards than reported they were tightening credit.

The survey released Thursday also found ‘‘a small net easing in loans’’ to companies as fewer banks reported tighter standards.

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