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5671.0 - Lending Finance, Australia, Jan 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/03/2008   
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JANUARY KEY FIGURES

Dec 2007
Jan 2008
Dec 2007 to Jan 2008
$m
$m
% change

TREND ESTIMATES
Housing finance for owner occupation
15 654
15 775
0.8
Personal finance
7 129
7 273
2.0
Commercial finance
46 333
47 838
3.2
Lease finance
615
620
0.9
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
Housing finance for owner occupation
15 658
15 928
1.7
Personal finance
7 277
7 281
0.1
Commercial finance
44 571
51 007
14.4
Lease finance
584
627
7.3


Personal finance
Graph: Personal Finance

Commercial finance
Graph: Commercial Finance




JANUARY KEY POINTS


JANUARY 2008 COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 2007:

HOUSING FINANCE FOR OWNER OCCUPATION
  • The total value of owner occupied housing commitments excluding alterations and additions increased 0.8% (trend) and the seasonally adjusted series rose 1.7%.


PERSONAL FINANCE
  • The trend series for the value of total personal finance rose 2.0%, due to a rise in both revolving credit commitments (up 2.1%) and fixed lending commitments (up 1.9%).
  • The seasonally adjusted series for the value of total personal finance commitments rose slightly (up 0.1%). This was due to a rise in fixed lending commitments (up 3.1%), which was substantially offset by a fall in revolving credit commitments (down 2.3%).


COMMERCIAL FINANCE
  • The trend series for the value of total commercial finance commitments rose 3.2%. This was due to a rise in both fixed lending commitments (up 4.6%) and revolving credit commitments (up 0.6%).
  • The seasonally adjusted series for the value of total commercial finance commitments rose 14.4%. This increase was due to a rise in both revolving credit commitments (up 20.2%) and fixed lending commitments (up 12.0%).


LEASE FINANCE
  • Lease finance commitments (trend) increased by 0.9%. The lease finance seasonally adjusted series rose by 7.3%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
February 2008 15 April 2008
March 2008 13 May 2008
April 2008 11 June 2008
May 2008 14 July 2008
June 2008 11 August 2008
July 2008 10 September 2008



REVISIONS

Revisions were made to Housing Finance, Personal Finance and Commercial Finance to include the latest available administrative and survey data. This has resulted in an increase to the number of cell suppressions, in tables 3 and 16.


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Philip Beresford on Canberra (02) 6252 6052.


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