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China banks' 2014 new yuan lending hits record high

(Xinhua) Updated: 2015-01-15 13:34

BEIJING - China's new yuan-denominated lending in 2014 hit a record high of 9.78 trillion yuan ($1.58 trillion), up 890 billion yuan from one year earlier, latest data showed on Thursday.

In December, Chinese banks' new lending reached 697.3 billion yuan, up 214.9 billion yuan from the same month of 2013, said the People's Bank of China (PBOC), the central bank.

M2, a broad measure of money supply that covers cash in circulation and all deposits, increased 12.2 percent year on year to 122.84 trillion yuan at the end of December, according to the PBOC.

The narrow measure of money supply (M1), which covers cash in circulation plus demand deposits, rose 3.2 percent year on year to 34.81 trillion yuan at the end of December.

Total social financing in 2014 also rose to a record high, standing at 16.46 trillion yuan, 859.8 billion yuan less than 2013, according to data released by the central bank.

Yuan-denominated deposits at China's banks increased by 9.48 trillion yuan in 2014, compared to 12.56 trillion yuan for 2013.

By the end of December of 2014, China's foreign exchange reserves totaled at $3.84 trillion.

China's credit structure has been improving and the liquidity was relatively abundant in 2014, said Sheng Songcheng, director of the central bank's surveys and statistics department.

The record-high new lending and social financing are an indication that the real economy has been relatively stable and active, although with downward pressure, Sheng added.

The new lending data has been widely watched as the market is speculating whether and when the central bank might unveil more easing policies to support the lukewarm economy.

In the third quarter of the year, China's economy grew at a pace not seen since the depths of the global financial crisis.

The annual gross domestic product (GDP) statistics is scheduled to be released by the National Bureau of Statistics next Tuesday. It is very likely to register its weakest annual growth in more than 10 years.

The PBOC cut benchmark interest rates on Nov. 22 for the first time in more than two years to step up support for the economy, fanning speculation about further moves, including reserve requirement ratio (RRR) cuts.

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