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NEW YORK, July 3 (Reuters) - U.S. municipal bond market issuers sold $187.2 billion of debt in the first half of 2017, a 12.9 percent drop from the same period last year, according to Thomson Reuters data released on Monday.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch was the top underwriter from Jan. 1 through June 30, with $26.7 billion of debt in 282 deals. California topped the list of issuers for the first six months by selling a total of $2.8 billion of debt. (Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Dan Grebler)