Amid the ongoing turmoil that plagued the financial and credit markets in the first half of 2008, the nation's commercial and savings banks experienced slight negative growth in their municipal bond portfolios. The holdings declined by 1.0% to $142.7 billion on a cost basis and by 2.7% to $141.1 billion on fair-value basis through June 30, according to data from Sheshunoff Information Services Inc.

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