Loan originations continue to grow in several categories, especially to subprime credit card customers, new data show.

For bank credit card issuers, lending to subprime customers increased 41% in 2011 from the previous year. Subprime borrowing hit a four-year high in December with 1.1 million new bank credit cards issued, according to a National Consumer Credit Trends Report produced by Equifax and CreditForecast.com.

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