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China's new loans, social financing rise in Q1


19:42, April 11, 2013

BEIJING, April 11 (Xinhua) -- China's new yuan-denominated lending stood at 2.76 trillion yuan (441 billion U.S. dollars) in the first quarter, up 294.9 billion yuan year on year, the People's Bank of China, or the central bank, announced on Thursday.

New loans denominated in foreign currencies stood at 70.9 billion U.S. dollars, the bank said in a statement.

It said that the country's social financing, a measure of funds raised by entities in the real economy, amounted to 6.16 trillion yuan in the first quarter, up 2.27 trillion yuan from the same period last year.

In March, both new loans and social financing rebounded significantly, the data showed. New yuan-denominated lending reached 1.06 trillion yuan in March, 440 billion yuan more than that of February. Social financing hit 2.54 trillion yuan, 1.48 trillion yuan more than the previous month.

The data pointed to a recovery in corporate financing demand, analysts said. As a leading economic indicator, the rebound in social financing sends a signal that China's economic recovery is on solid footing, they said.

The money supply also rose. By the end of March, the broad measure of money supply (M2), which covers cash in circulation and all deposits, increased 15.7 percent year on year to 103.61 trillion yuan, the statement said.

The increase was up 0.5 percentage points from the end of February and 1.9 percentage points higher than the year-on-year growth registered at the end of 2012.

Meanwhile, the narrow measure of money supply (M1), which covers cash in circulation plus current corporate deposits, jumped 11.9 percent year on year to 31.12 trillion yuan, while the growth rate was 2.4 percentage points higher than that of the end of February.

Analysts attributed the ballooning money supply to a substantial increase in deposits and an increase in Chinese banks' forex purchases.

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