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08 Nov 2019

Key Findings from the ECRI Statistical Package 2019 on Lending to European Households and Non-Financial Corporations

Growth and Trends

Roberto Musmeci

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Key findings from the ECRI Statistical Package 2019

• In 2018, loans to EU households and non-financial corporations (NFC) increased by 2.7%, the second consecutive year of the expansion.
• For the fourth year in a row, total loans in New Member States (NMS) grew faster than in old Member States (EU-15).
• Compared to the previous year, the total loans growth rate in 2018 accelerated from 2.2% to 2.7% in EU-15, while it slowed from 5.9% to 3.5% in NMS.
• Between 2017 and 2018, household loans increased by 2.8% and non-financial corporations (NFC) loans increased by 2.6%.
• Total household loans grew most in in Slovakia (+11%), Romania (+9%) and Lithuania (+8%), while the largest contractions were registered in Cyprus (-31%), Greece (-7%) and Latvia (-5%).
• Finland (+19%), Hungary (+19%) and Luxembourg (+11%) were amongst the Member States with the largest growth rates in NFC loans. In turn, significant reductions were registered in Cyprus (-12%), Greece (-7%) and Italy (-7%).

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About the package
The ECRI Statistical Package 2019 provides data on outstanding credit granted by monetary-financial institutions (MFIs) to households and non-financial corporations (NFCs) for the period from 1995 to 2018. Credit volumes and annual growth rates are broken down by sector and credit type to enable detailed insights into credit market developments over time and across countries. It comprises 45 countries including the EU Member States, EU candidate and EFTA countries as well as the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, Russia, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.