China July new bank loans fall to 992.7 billion yuan, below forecast

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BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese banks extended 992.7 billion yuan ($142.82 billion) in new yuan loans in July, down from June and falling short of analysts’ expectations.

Analysts polled by Reuters had predicted new yuan loans would fall to 1.20 trillion yuan in July, down from 1.81 trillion yuan in the previous month and compared with 1.06 trillion yuan a year earlier.

Broad M2 money supply in July grew 10.7% from a year earlier, central bank data showed on Tuesday, below estimates of 11.1% forecast in the Reuters poll. It rose 11.1% in June.

Outstanding yuan loan grew 13.0% from a year earlier compared with 13.2% growth in June. Analysts had expected 13.2% growth.

(Reporting by Judy Hua and Kevin Yao; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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