BIS international banking statistics at end-September 2016

23 January 2017

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) today released international banking statistics for the quarter ending in September 2016.

  • International banking activity was little changed in the third quarter of 2016. Cross-border credit dropped by $65 billion between end-June and end-September 2016 to $28.2 trillion, for annual growth of 0.5%.

  • Activity between banks declined, whereas lending to non-bank borrowers rose, with loans up by 5%, their fastest pace in a year.

Cross-border bank credit to emerging market economies rose slightly in the third quarter, up $10 billion to $3.6 trillion. Increases were concentrated on borrowing countries in the Middle East, whereas cross-border lending to many countries in emerging Europe and Latin America declined.

Developments in the latest international banking statistics are summarised in the statistical release, together with charts showing historical data. Additional data are available on the BIS website, where they can be viewed as tables in PDF, browsed in the BIS Statistics Explorer or searched in the BIS Statistics Warehouse.

Data are subject to change. Revised data will be released concurrently with the forthcoming BIS Quarterly Review on 5 March 2017. The international banking statistics at end-December 2016 will be released no later than 24 April 2017.

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