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By Andy Bruce and Giles Elgood LONDON (Reuters) - Britons' thirst for borrowing eased last month and services firms curbed plans for growth, according to figures that suggested the economy will suffer a slow burn, rather than a sharp hit, from the vote to leave the European Union. Lending to consumers rose by 1.2 billion pounds in July, below all forecasts in a Reuters poll of economists and the weakest increase since August 2015. A separate survey from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) showed optimism among Britain's services companies - which comprise the bulk of the economy - tanked after the June 23 vote to leave the EU.
France said Tuesday it wanted to halt thorny EU-US trade talks as President Francois Hollande said there would be no deal at least until after President Barack Obama leaves office in January. Junior trade minister Matthias Fekl said there was "no more political support in France" for the talks because US negotiators were offering "nothing or just crumbs". "France calls for an end to these negotiations," Fekl told RMC radio.