MADISON, Wis. — If the fourth quarter follows typical seasonal patterns, credit unions could expect to see modest gains or even a slight decline in membership growth by the end of 2007.

According to CUNA Mutual Group’s latest Credit Union Trends Report, through the first ten months of 2007, the nation’s credit unions increased membership by 2.0 million. This year-to-date increase is above annual gains in each of the past six years. Year-over-year growth rates are trending up to levels not seen since 2001, said Dave Colby, chief economist at CUNA Mutual.

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