CHINA'S HOLDINGS: China, the largest holder of U.S. Treasury debt, increased its holdings 2.6 percent to $868.4 billion in August.
OTHER COUNTRIES: Japan, ranked No. 2 in holdings of U.S. Treasury debt, boosted its holdings 1.9 percent to $836.6 billion. Britain, ranked No. 3, pushed its holdings up 19.8 percent to $226.6 billion.
BUDGET DEFICIT: Total foreign holdings of Treasury securities rose 1.4 percent in August to $2.28 trillion. Economists saw this as a good sign of continued foreign demand for U.S. debt at a time when federal budget deficits have risen to record levels.