BIS consolidated banking statistics for the second quarter of 2003

24 October 2003

Press release

The BIS is today releasing consolidated banking statistics for end-June 2003. These statistics provide an insight into the nature and extent of banks’ foreign exposures, as well as supplementary information about countries’ external indebtedness.

The first section highlights significant trends and structural breaks. Trends in the second quarter of 2003 were that:

• lending to the non-bank private sector differs across reporting countries;

• claims on emerging markets shift away from the non-bank private sector.

Detailed explanatory notes are included which define the terms used to present the statistics. Statistical tables follow the explanatory notes.

Questions arising from these statistics can be directed to Patrick McGuire (telephone: +41 61 280 8921; e-mail: patrick.mcguire@bis.org) or Swapan Pradhan (telephone: +41 61 280 8491; e-mail: swapan-kumar.pradhan@bis.org).

The BIS expects to release consolidated banking statistics for the third quarter of 2003 no later than 31 January 2004.