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WEAKENED U.S. OFFICE MARKETS COULD DECLINE FURTHER, FDIC REPORT SAYS

FOR FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PR-35-2002 (3-21-2002)
Media Contact:
David Barr (202) 898-6992

The demand for U.S. commercial office space deteriorated significantly in 2001 and conditions could weaken further in some key metro areas in 2002, according to a report released today by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

The report shows that the performance of commercial real estate loans at FDIC-insured institutions remains generally solid at this time, but notes growing exposures to the sector in bank and thrift loan portfolios. According to the report, real estate market analysts do not look for a substantial recovery in the demand for office space before the end of 2002. The findings are reported in the latest edition of FYI.

FYI is an e-mail bulletin covering FDIC analysis of emerging issues in banking and the economy. FYI is available on the FDIC's Web site at www.fdic.gov, where those interested in receiving each issue electronically may subscribe. A copy of FYI is attached.

Attatchment: http://www.fdic.gov/bank/analytical/fyi/2002/032102fyi.html

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