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(LEAD) Banks' household loans down in July amid rising borrowing costs

All News 14:28 August 10, 2022

By Chung Joo-won
(ATTN: ADDS regulator's data in last 2 paras)

SEOUL, Aug. 10 (Yonhap) -- Household loans extended by banks in South Korea fell for the first time in four months in July, largely as people took out less credit loans amid the fast-rising interest rates, central bank data showed Wednesday.

Banks' outstanding household loans had come to 1,060.5 trillion won (US$810.1 billion) as of end-July, down 300 billion won from a month earlier, according to the data from the Bank of Korea (BOK).

The BOK said that unsecured and other non-mortgage loans declined at a faster pace than a month earlier despite continued growth in mortgage loans.

The fall came as borrowing costs have been mounting in line with the central banks' monetary tightening aimed at taming inflation.

In July, the BOK hiked its key interest rate by 0.5 percentage point to 2.25 percent, the steepest and sixth increase since August last year.

As of end-June, banks' unsecured and other non-mortgage loans fell 2.2 trillion won to 268.2 trillion won last month due mainly to rising lending rates. The monthly fall gained pace from a 1.2 trillion-won decline in June.

Banks' home-backed loans grew 2 trillion won on-month to 791 trillion won as of end-July. The monthly rise accelerated from a 1.4 trillion-won on-month increase in June.

Meanwhile, banks' corporate lending grew at the fastest pace ever for the month of July since the bank began tracking related data in 2009.

Their corporate loans stood at 1,137.4 trillion won as of end-July, up 12.2 trillion won from a month earlier, the BOK data showed. The pace doubled from a 6 trillion-won growth a month ago.

The BOK attributed the increase to companies' high demand for COVID-19 support and funds for investment as well as banks' stepped-up efforts for business lending.

According to separate data from the financial watchdog, household loans extended by banks and non-banking institutions declined 1 trillion won on-month in July.

Home-backed loans increased 2.5 trillion won, but their unsecured lending declined 3.6 trillion won, the data showed.

This file photo taken June 22, 2022, shows bank officials providing consultations on loan programs to customers at a lender in Seoul. (Yonhap)

jwc@yna.co.kr
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