All but one of the various bond sectors posted declines in volume in the first half of 2009 from 2008 totals, often with wild variances between sales in the first and second quarters.

Overall, total long-term issuance in the first half decreased to $196.72 billion in 5,541 issues, down from $231.51 billion in 6,200 issues in the same period last year, according to new data from Thomson Reuters.

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