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5671.0 - Lending Finance, Australia, Mar 2011  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/05/2011   
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SUMMARY OF FINDINGS


HOUSING FINANCE FOR OWNER OCCUPATION

(Table 1)

The total value of owner occupied housing commitments excluding alterations and additions fell 1.7% in trend terms and the seasonally adjusted series fell 1.1%.

For further information, please refer to Housing Finance, Australia (cat. no. 5609.0), which was released on 16 May 2011.


PERSONAL FINANCE

(Tables 1 & 4)

In trend terms, the value of total personal finance commitments fell 2.6% in March 2011 compared with February 2011. Revolving credit commitments fell 3.2% and fixed lending commitments fell 2.1%.

In seasonally adjusted terms, the value of total personal finance commitments rose 0.5% in March 2011. Fixed lending commitments rose 2.1%, while revolving credit commitments fell 1.2%.


COMMERCIAL FINANCE

(Tables 1 & 8)

The trend series for the value of total commercial finance commitments rose 0.3% in March 2011 compared with February 2011. Fixed lending commitments rose 0.5%, while revolving credit commitments fell 0.2%.

The seasonally adjusted series for the value of total commercial finance commitments rose 13.3% in March 2011, following falls in each of the previous two months. Fixed lending commitments rose 17.1% and revolving credit commitments rose 5.3%.

The value of commitments for the purchase of dwellings by individuals for rent or resale (trend) fell 1.8% in March 2011, following a fall of 1.6% in February 2011. The seasonally adjusted series fell 1.7% in March 2011.

PURCHASE OF DWELLINGS BY INDIVIDUALS FOR RENT OR RESALE
Graph: PURCHASE OF DWELLINGS BY INDIVIDUALS FOR RENT OR RESALE



LEASE FINANCE

(Table 1)

The value of total lease finance commitments (trend) fell 0.8% in March 2011. The seasonally adjusted series rose 10.5%, following a fall of 11.4% in February 2011.


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