Turkey's private sector’s outstanding short- and long-term debts declined in March, the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT) said Monday.
The total foreign debt of the private sector declined to $170.2 billion (TL 1.41 trillion) as of March, falling by $3.5 billion (TL 29 billion).
The private sector's short-term overseas loans – excluding trade credits – totaled $9.1 billion in March, down $605 million compared to the end of last year.
Some 83.7% of short-term loans consisted of the liabilities of financial institutions, the bank said.
Broken down by currency, the majority of Turkey's short-term credit, 39.1%, was in U.S. dollars, while 35.8% was in euros, 22.3% in Turkish liras, and 2.8% in other currencies.
The private sector's long-term debt also fell by $2.9 million to $161 billion over the same period.
The central bank said 43% of the total long-term foreign loans were owed by financial institutions and 57% by non-financial institutions.
Long-term loans totaled $161 billion, with 63.4% consisting of U.S. dollars, 32.6% in euros, 2.2% in Turkish liras, and 1.8% in other currencies, it added.
Based on a remaining maturity basis, the private sector's total outstanding foreign loans indicate principal repayments of $42.2 billion over the next 12 months by the end of March.
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