Loans to the households, France 2017Apr

The average interest rate of housing loans increases slightly
  • The average interest rate of housing loans increases in April 2017 (1.57%, up from 1.54% in March and 1.50% in January) while still remaining close to all-time lows.
  • Housing loans to households accelerate again (+ 5.6%, up from + 5.4% in March).
  • However, the monthly production of lending for house purchases declines (+ ? 27.1 billion, down from + ? 31.4 billion in March), mainly due to the decrease in renegotiations, whose share in new credits falls again, reaching 50% (down from 52% in March).
  • The growth of credits for consumption eases slightly in April (+ 5.5%, down from + 5.6% in March and + 5.9% in February).
  • Overall, the annual growth rate of loans to individuals increases (+5.8%, up from +5.6%).
Outstanding amounts and annual growth rates (without seasonal adjustment)
(Outstanding amounts in EUR Bn, annual growth rate in %)
End-of-month level Annual growth rate
Apr-17 Feb-17 Mar-17 Apr-17
Total 1 115 5,3 5,6 5,8
Lending for house purchase 917 5,1 5,4 5,6
Credit for consumption 162 5,9 5,6 5,5
Other lending 37 8,3 10,6 11,7
Monthly flows of housing loans (with seasonal adjustment)
(Changes in stocks in EUR Bn, adjusted for sales and securitization and write-offs/write-downs)
Share of renegotiation of new property loans
(New property loans seasonally adjusted, in EUR Bn and in %)
Production of new loans (excluding overdrafts, monthly flows seasonally adjusted (a))
(in EUR Bn)
Nov-16 Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17 Mar-17 Apr-17
- loans for consumption purposes (b) 5,0 5,1 5,1 5,0 5,3 4,9
- housing loans 27,8 33,0 36,6 32,0 31,4 27,1
- proportion of renegotiation (not seasonally adjusted) in % (c) 58,9 54,9 61,6 59,8 52,1 49,6
Interest rates on new loans (narrow defined effective rate, monthly average)
(in %)
Nov-16 Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17 Mar-17 (e) Apr-17 (f)
- housing loans long term and fixed rates 1,56 1,50 1,50 1,54 1,53 1,57
- housing loans short term and floating rates 1,64 1,56 1,59 1,58 1,61 1,58
- loans for consumption purposes (b) 3,96 3,95 4,11 4,03 3,97 3,93
- overdrafts for individuals (d) 6,42 6,19 6,17 6,56 6,46 6,34
(a) Parameters for seasonal adjustment are updated each month, taking into account monthly data under review.

(b) Excluding revolving loans.

(c) Ratio of renegotiated loans on housing loans, both not seasonally adjusted

(d) Overdrafts: negative balance of ordinary accounts + commercial credits + factoring + cash credits without fixed repayment schedule (including mobilization of revolving loans).

(e) Revisional data.

(f) Provisional data.
Interest rates on housing loans, all maturities
(Narrowly defined effective rate, average weighted by long and short term flows, in %)
Additional information
Only loans granted to individuals (households excluding sole proprietors and unincorporated partnerships) by resident monetary financial institutions are presented here.

The outstanding growth rates are calculated by correcting accounting modifications that do not reflect economic changes. In particular the accounting derecognition of loans from the MFI's statistical balance sheet due to their sale, securitization or write-offs/write-downs is corrected. Conversely, exchange rate effects are taken into account without any change.

The weighted average rates and new business volumes are calculated according to the harmonized definitions of the Eurosystem. Published rates are the narrowly defined effective rate (NDER). They correspond to the interest component of the Annual Percentage Rate of Charge (APRC). Renegotiated loans also include mortgage repurchases.

The production of the new loans represents the new granted loans, even when they are not actually remitted to the borrower. This method, which is common to all Eurosystem central banks, allows having an advanced indicator of loans production, which is useful particularly for economic analysis

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Loans to the households, France
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