Irish consumer loans down 8.4% in April

Figures just released by the Central Bank show that consumer lending took a fall in April.

According to the statistics loans for consumption (for general purposes – not home loans) by Irish consumers fell 8.4% year on year.

Mortgage loans for home purchases fell 2.5% compared to the same time last year.

Over the month household lending dropped by €632million, with a fall in the value of loans for consumptive purposes of €394million.

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Lending to Irish Resident Households, Annual Rate of Change – Source: CentralBank

Loans overall were 4% lower on a year-on-year basis, continuing the fall of loans to Irish households that has steadily continued during 2012.

A spokesperson from comments: “Lending to Irish consumers isn’t working. The government needs to work out how to boost consumer and business lending urgently.”

Without lending the recovery will be a non-starter. April’s figures show that on this course we may not see increased levels of consumer lending without some kind of intervention.”

The monthly net flow of loans to households averaged minus €385million in the three months ending April 2012, consisting of an aveage net flow of minus of €205million in loans for consumptive purposes.


Irish resident private sector deposits were 3.4% lower on a yearly basis at the end of April 2012, compared with a decline of 4.3% over the year ending March.

Deposits from households were 1.1% lower on a yearly basis in April.

According to the Central Bank Money and Banking Statistics report there was a month-on-month increase of almost €4billion in Irish resident private-sector deposits during April. This apparently reflects developments in deposits from the OFI sector.

You can read the Central Bank Money and Banking Statistics report here.

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