© Reuters. The headquarter of the European Central Bank (ECB) is seen during sunset ahead of the ECB’s governing council meeting later this week in Frankfurt, Germany, October 25, 2021. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Lending to euro zone companies accelerated for the first time since February last month, coming off a five-and-a-half year low as the monthly flow of new loans doubled compared to a month earlier, European Central Bank data showed on Wednesday.
Lending growth to firms picked up to 2.1% in September from 1.5% in August, as the monthly flow of loans adjusted for sales and securitisations surged to 23 billion euros, its highest rate since March.
Still, corporate lending growth stood at around half of pre-pandemic level and a survey by the ECB indicates even tighter credit standards in the fourth quarter, even as demand for credit is expected to increase.
Lending to households meanwhile eased a touch to 4.1% last month from a 13-year high of 4.2% a month earlier.
The annual growth rate of the M3 measure of money supply, mostly a reflection of the ECB’s copious bond purchases, slowed to 7.4% from 7.9%, just shy of market expectations for 7.5% growth.
Euro zone corporate lending growth picks up after steady decline
Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.