Canadian bank business lending continues to fall

McQueen%2C%20Mark44X64.jpgPosted by Mark McQueen, CEO Wellington Financial LP
The hits just keep on coming, as someone once said in the radio biz. The year-long drop in Canadian commercial bank lending continues (see prior post “Bank business lending down again in June” July 30-09).
The category is “Business loans to Canadian residents for business purposes”, and the data is from the Bank of Canada:
December: $191.967 billion
January: $186.086 billion
February: $184.168 billion
March: $184.5 billion
April: $182.228 billion
May: $180.619 billion
June: $178.301 billion
July: $176.61 billion
July 2009’s figure is clear: commercial and corporate lending by chartered banks to Canadian-based businesses is down 8% in the space of seven months. A tidy two billion bucks a month since March.
$15.4 billion of fuel out of the economy, year-to-date.

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