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Credit Growth Remains Buoyant in the Euro Area

Financial conditions remain supportive and are not expected to tighten much in the coming months.

Lending to non-financial corporations in the euro grew by an annual 4.2% in August, its fastest rate since April 2009. Forward-looking indicators suggest that euro area credit growth should remain strong over the coming months.

Overall, domestic demand is likely to continue to be the main driver of growth in the euro area, helping to mitigate external weakness. Strong job growth combined with rising wages should continue to underpin household spending while accommodative financing conditions should further support investment.

All in all, the European Central Bank’s M3 and credit report for August confirms that lending dynamics continue to be in a good shape in the euro area. Financial conditions remain supportive and are not expected to tighten too much after the end of the ECB’s quantitative easing (QE) at the end of this year. This bodes well for domestic demand, notably for private investment.

Leading indicators are pointing to euro area GDP growth of around 0.4% in Q3 quarter on quarter, according to our estimates. This is consistent with our forecast of 2.0% GDP growth for 2018 as a whole.

Euro Area Bank Loans to Non-Financial Corporations, 2010 - 2018

Euro Area Bank Loans to Non-Financial Corporations, 2010 - 2018

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Nadia Gharbi
Nadia Gharbi is economist at Pictet Wealth Management. She graduates in Université de Genève, Les Acacias, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland Do not hesitate to contact Pictet for an investment proposal. Do not hesitate to contact Pictet for an investment proposal. Please contact Zurich Office, the Geneva Office or one of 26 other offices world-wide.
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