The stock of euro-denominated loans to euro area non-financial corporations by credit institutions operating in Finland amounted to EUR 46.4 bn in August. Demand for corporate loans was moderate in the early part of the year as these loans increased by only EUR 0.7 bn on net. The annual growth rate of the corporate loan stock has declined in 2014, and in August it was 3.5%.
Domestic non-financial corporations acquired bank loans in the period under review mainly for restructuring and working capital purposes (Bank barometer III/2014). In addition to bank loans, domestic non-financial corporations' net drawdowns of short-term market funding in the form of promissory notes amounted to EUR 1.2 bn in the early part of 2014. Non-financial corporations however did not resort to bond issuance for funding their operations; net issues were a negative EUR 2.9 bn over the same period.
In the statistics, housing corporations are usually included in the corporate sector. The stock of loans to non-financial corporations (incl. housing corporations) was EUR 66.8 bn in August, i.e., housing corporations accounted for nearly one-third of the stock of corporate loans. The annual rate of change of the stock of loans to non-financial corporations was 5.9% in August, and the annual rate of change of loans to housing corporations was 12% in the same period. Consequently, growth in the stock of corporate loans is mainly due to an increase in debt financing by housing corporations.
Households' new drawdowns of housing loans in August 2014 amounted to EUR 1.2 bn. The average interest rate on new housing-loan drawdowns was 1.87%, down by 0.03 percentage point on July. The stock of euro-denominated housing loans to households amounted to EUR 89.3 bn at the end of August and the annual growth of the stock of housing loans was 1.7%. At the end of August, household credit comprised EUR 13.5 bn in consumer credit and EUR 15.5 bn in other loans.
New drawdowns of loans to non-financial corporations (excl. overdrafts and credit card credit) amounted to EUR 2.0 bn in August, which is EUR 0.3 bn less than in August 2013. The average interest rate on new loans to non-financial corporations fell from July, to 2.08% in August. The stock of euro-denominated loans to non-financial corporations was EUR 66.8 bn at the end of August, of which loans to housing corporations accounted for EUR 20.3 bn.
At the end of August 2014, the stock of household deposits totalled EUR 81.7 bn, and the average interest rate on the stock was 0.42% Overnight deposits accounted for EUR 53.6 bn and fixed-term deposits for EUR 14.4 bn of the deposit stock. In August, households concluded new fixed-term deposit contracts for EUR 1.0 bn. The average interest rate on new fixed-term deposits was 1.07% in August.
1 Rate of change has been calculated from monthly differences in levels adjusted for classification and other revaluation changes.
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