BRADENTON, Fla. - Municipal bond issuance in the Southeast tumbled during the first half of 2008.

Debt sales in the Southeast were down 19.4% on sales volume of $36.4 billion compared to $45.2 billion of debt sold during the first half of 2007, according to Thomson Reuters. The only other region of the country to experience a drop in sales during the first half was the Far West, with a decline of 13.9%, according to Thomson Reuters.

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