Private sector external loans fall in February

Published 17.04.2019 00:09

The Turkish private sector's outstanding loans received from abroad slipped in February from the end of 2018, the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT) announced Tuesday.

The sector's long-term debts reached to $209.5 billion as of February, down $763 million from the end of last year, the bank said in a statement.

Excluding trade credit, the sector's short-term loans – debt that must be paid in the next 12 months – went down $2.3 billion to $13.1 billion during the same period.

Financial institutions constituted 72.9 percent of the short-term loans, the report showed.

"As for the sectoral breakdown by the end of February, of the total long-term loans at the amount of $209.5 billion, 48.7% consists of liabilities of the financial institutions, whereas 51.3 percent consists of the liabilities of the non-financial institutions," it said.

Nearly 60 percent of Turkey's private sector long-term debt was in U.S. dollars, with 34.4 percent in euros, 4.4 percent in Turkish lira and 1.4 percent in other currencies.

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