BIS consolidated banking statistics - second quarter 2004

21 October 2004

The BIS is today releasing consolidated banking statistics for end-June 2004. 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 2004:

  • Second quarter calm follows first quarter surge in claims
  • Shift to Asia-Pacific continues with reduced claims on Latin America

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 (tel: +41 61 280 8921; e-mail:, Jesper Wormstrup (tel: +41 61 280 8422; e mail: or Bruno Allemann (tel: +41 61 280 8410; e mail:

The BIS expects to release consolidated banking statistics for the third quarter of 2004 no later than 31 January 2005.