Shrinking credit market in Eurozone

euroarealendingsurvey0408  ←link to full report

The Euro Area lending survey for April 2008 is out, and shows considerable tightening in both lending standards and in loan demand across consumer, enterprise and mortgage credits. 

 

 

The results of the April 2008 bank lending survey indicate a further increase in the net tightening of credit standards for loans to enterprises (up from 41% in the fourth quarter of 2007 to 49% in the first quarter of 2008), with net tightening increasing more for large than for small and medium-sized enterprises. Banks’ risk perception regarding general economic activity, the industry or firm-specific outlook, and the cost of banks’ funds and balance sheet constraints contributed to the further increase observed in banks’ net tightening of credit standards. Banks also reported a further increase in the net tightening of credit standards for loans to households for house purchase (up from 21% in the fourth quarter of 2007 to 33% in the first quarter of 2008). In addition, the net tightening of credit standards for consumer credit and other lending to households rose (up from 10% in the fourth quarter of 2007 to 19% in the first quarter of 2008). With regard to demand for loans, banks reported that net demand for loans to enterprises was negative in the first quarter of 2008, a decline by comparison with the slightly positive net demand observed in the previous quarter.

 

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