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Household loans on rise in October after years of decline

After several years of decline, all kinds of household loans were showing growth in October, Bank of Latvia economist Vilnis Purvins said in a commentary on macroeconomics.lv, the Latvian central bank's analytical website, reported LETA Tuesday.

"In October, the increase on all loans granted to households is worth noting: housing, consumer and all other loans were on the rise. Such an increase was observed for the first time after a drop over several consecutive years," Purvins said.

The balance of loans granted to households increased in October by 0.3%, with loans for housing purchases increasing by 0.1%, consumer loans by 0.9% and other loans to households by 1.2%.

The total domestic loan balance in October shrank by 0.1%, with loans to enterprises dropping by 0.4%. The rate of year-on-year growth of total domestic loans in October was at 1.8%, with loans to enterprises increasing by 4.9% year-on-year, and loans to households dropping by 2.3%.

Purvins indicated that the amount of newly granted loans (excluding reviewed loans) exceeded the indicator for the respective month of last year by 39.4% (including the loans to households by 43.5%) in October.

The bank-attracted domestic deposits increased in October by 0.2%, with their annual growth rate at 9.5%. The deposits of nonfinancial enterprises increased by 2.8% (annual growth rate of 7.7%), and household deposits by 0.8% (annual growth rate of 7.2%).

"The increasingly vigorous redirection of loans to households is evidence that the housing guarantee program for families with children, in effect for the second year, is beginning to bear fruit," Purvins wrote.

"Moreover, the confidence of households in the stability of their income and their growing savings stimulate the demand for household loans also on the part of other groups of residents; consumer loans are also becoming more accessible. The continued supportive monetary policy of the Eurosystem will promote the positive lending trends"

"With the economic growth rate remaining positive, the dynamic of rising deposits will not change, as for some time now, it has been characterized both by the pronouncedly stable 9-10% year-on-year rise in deposits and particularly Latvia's contribution to the money indicator M3," the Bank of Latvia economist said.

According to the Bank of Latvia's data, the Latvian banks' aggregate loan portfolio was worth €12.691b at the end of October, while the balance of domestic deposits was €10.737b.

Meanwhile LETA reports the Finance and Capital Market Commission reporting that during the first ten months of this year, the Latvian banking sector generated €408.748 million in aggregate profit, 14.8% up from the same period a year ago, according to the data released by the Finance and Capital Market Commission (FCMC).

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