(Bloomberg) -- States and local governments boosted debt sales to $43.7 billion so far in December, the highest monthly total in at least a year.

U.S. municipal bond sales this month are up 24% from $35.2 billion in December of 2013, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Issuance is 26% higher than last month’s $34.7 billion. The second-biggest month for new issues this year was July, when they reached $38.8 billion, the data show.

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