By SARA MURRAY

More Americans filed for bankruptcy protection in July, reversing a trend of declining filings over the previous three months and highlighting the continuing financial struggles of many consumers.

Personal bankruptcies numbered 137,698 last month, a 9% increase from the June total, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute, an organization of lawyers and other professionals. The data were supplied by the National Bankruptcy Research Center; similar government tallies won’t be released for months.

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