Changes to the data set on credit to the non-financial sector

The data set on credit to the non-financial sector captures the outstanding amount of debt of major sectors: private non-financial sector (with a breakdown into households and corporates) and government. Credit is provided by domestic banks, all other sectors of the economy and non-residents. In terms of financial instruments, credit covers the core debt, defined as loans, debt securities and currency & deposits. The data set is updated quarterly.


June 2017

  • New starting date: some series in US dollars for Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Switzerland now start earlier.

March 2017

  • New country: data for Colombia covering all the borrowing sectors (non-financial corporations, households, government) added to the data set, which now comprises 44 economies.
  • Revised data: use of financial accounts from 2004 onwards for Brazil.
  • Revised data: total credit to the government sector for Hong Kong SAR now includes the Exchange Fund.
  • Revised data: total credit to the private non-financial sector for Singapore now includes debt securities issued by non-financial corporations from 2000 onwards.
  • Revised data: use of financial accounts from 2009 onwards for Turkey.

December 2016

  • New starting date: total credit to the government sector at nominal value has a new starting date of 1995 for Belgium, Hungary and Spain, and 1996 for Sweden, instead of 2000. 
  • New starting date: bank credit to the private non-financial sector for Chile has a new starting date of Q1 1983 instead of Q1 1998.
  • Revised data: use of SNA08 instead of SNA93 financial accounts from Q4 2008 onwards for Korea.
  • Revised data: Historical data for China on total credit to the government sector have been revised downwards, as taken from the publication of the IMF, World Economic Outlook. 

September 2016

  • New starting date: total credit to the private non-financial sector for Chile has a new starting date of 1983 instead of 2002.

June 2016

  • New country: data for Chile covering all the borrowing sectors (non-financial corporations, households, government) added to the data set, which now comprises 43 economies.

March 2016

  • New countries: data for Israel and New Zealand covering all the borrowing sectors added to the data set, which now comprises 42 economies.
  • New regional aggregates: data on G20, advanced, emerging market and all reporting economies added to the data set.

December 2015

  • New sector breakdown: data on total credit to households and non-financial corporations for Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia, Russia and Saudi Arabia added to the data set.

September 2015

  • New sector coverage: data on total credit to the government sector added to the data set on credit to the private sector.
  • New units: data in US dollars and in percent of GDP added to the data set.

March 2013

  • Data on long series on credit to the private non-financial sector (PNFS) for 40 economies released by the BIS for the first time. The long series on credit to PNFS covers two lending sectors: all creditors ("total credit") and domestic banks ("bank credit"). For total credit, a breakdown to households and non-financial corporations for many countries are also included.