SAN FRANCISCO - Boosted by several sizable deals out of California, issuers in the Far West sold almost $90.8 billion of municipal bonds in 2007, up more than 23% from 2006, according to Thomson Financialdata.

The region was not immune from the pressures that dragged down issuance nationwide toward the end of the year - more than 63% of the year's volume was recorded during the first half.

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