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Central bank: Money supply growth slows down
Updated: 2004-08-11 21:49

The growth rates of both money supply and credit loans dropped in July as a result of the government's effective macro-economic control policy, China's central bank said Wednesday in its monthly report on financial performance.

According to the report, outstanding broad money, or M2 - including money in circulation and all deposits - rose by 15.3 per cent year-on-year to 23.8 trillion yuan (US$2.9 trillion) by the end of July. The increase was 0.9 percentage points lower than at the end of June.

Narrow money, or M1 - money in circulation and demand deposits of businesses - grew by 15 per cent, 1.2 percentage points lower than the previous month.

By the end of July, outstanding Renminbi deposits stood at 23 trillion yuan (US$2.8 trillion) up 17.7 per cent from a year earlier. Of the total, savings in foreign currencies rose by 3.7 billion US dollars to US$153.7 billion, while forex loans outstanding increased by 22.8 per cent to US$133.8 billion.

The exchange rate of the Chinese yuan against foreign currencies remained stable, at one US dollar for 8.2769 yuan at the end of last month, said the People's Bank of China, the central bank.

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