U.S. Treasury says costs of financial-rescue effort down

WASHINGTON Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:38pm EST

WASHINGTON Feb 11 (Reuters) - The Treasury Department on Monday said the overall cost of its 2008 financial-rescue effort was reduced to $55.48 billion from $59.68 billion, as it has recouped a majority of the costs of programs that unlocked tight credit markets.

The latest tally means that about 93 percent of the $418 billion in funds already disbursed to date from the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, have been recovered.

TARP helped revive consumer lending and rescued auto makers. The latest downward revision on TARP's cost was due in part to money it recouped from stock sales of the remaining shares of General Motors it owned.

In its estimate, the Treasury projects that the auto industry bailout cost was reduced by $4 billion, or 16 percent, to $20.3 billion from a previously projected $24.3 billion.

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