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China new bank loans tumble more than expected, credit growth slows

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BEIJING (Reuters) -New bank lending in China tumbled more than expected in July while broad credit growth slowed, as fresh COVID flare-ups, worries about jobs and a deepening property crisis made companies and consumers wary of taking on more debt.

Chinese banks extended 679 billion yuan ($101 billion) in new yuan loans in July, less than a quarter of June’s amount and falling short of analysts’ expectations, data released by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) on Friday showed.

Analysts polled by Reuters had predicted new yuan loans would fall to 1.10 trillion yuan in July, versus 2.81 trillion the previous month and 1.08 trillion a year earlier.

Household loans, including mortgages, fell to 121.7 billion yuan in July from 848.2 billion in June, while corporate loans slid to 287.7 billion yuan from 2.21 trillion.

China’s economy slowed sharply in the second quarter as widespread lockdowns hammered demand and business activity, while the property market has lurched from crisis to crisis.

The PBOC reiterated it would step up implementation of its prudent monetary policy and keep liquidity reasonably ample, while closely monitoring domestic and external inflation changes, it said in its policy report.

A growing number of homebuyers have threatened to stop repaying mortgages on hundreds of stalled projects. While regulators have urged banks to help provide funds to fill developers’ funding gap, confidence in the sector remains fragile.

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Data firm China Beige Book International, which conducts monthly surveys of more than 1,000 firms, said there was a clear drop in credit demand in July from manufacturing and services firms, with a slight increase in retail, which it attributed largely to fears of more lockdowns.

Some analysts point to a recent glut of liquidity in interbank money markets as a further sign of weaker credit demand.

Broad M2 money supply grew 12% in July from a year earlier, the central bank data showed, above estimates of 11.4% in the Reuters poll.

Outstanding yuan loans grew 11% compared with 11.2% growth in June. Analysts had expected growth unchanged from June.

Growth of outstanding total social financing (TSF), a broad measure of credit and liquidity in the economy, slowed to 10.7% in July from 10.8% in June.

Analysts had expected a sharp drop in TSF last month as Bejing had told local governments to use up most of their annual special bond quotas by end-June.

Local governments issued a net 3.41 trillion yuan in special bonds in the first six months – part of the 2022 special bond quota of 3.65 trillion, finance ministry data showed, as authorities sought to quicken infrastructure spending.

TSF includes off-balance sheet forms of financing that exist outside the conventional bank lending system, such as initial public offerings, loans from trust companies and bond sales.

In July, TSF dipped to 756.1 billion yuan from 5.17 trillion in June. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected July TSF of 1.30 trillion yuan.

(Reporting by Kevin Yao and Ella Cao; Editing by David Holmes)

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