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5671.0 - Lending Finance, Australia, Apr 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/06/2007   
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APRIL KEY FIGURES

Mar 2007
Apr 2007
Mar 2007 to Apr 2007
$m
$m
% change

TREND ESTIMATES
Housing finance for owner occupation
14 728
14 911
1.2
Personal finance
6 595
6 585
-0.2
Commercial finance
37 170
37 541
1.0
Lease finance
555
566
2.1
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
Housing finance for owner occupation
14 694
15 209
3.5
Personal finance
6 559
6 534
-0.4
Commercial finance
43 866
36 481
-16.8
Lease finance
569
582
2.2

Personal finance
Graph: Personal Finance

Commercial finance
Graph: Commercial Finance



APRIL KEY POINTS


APRIL 2007 COMPARED WITH MARCH 2007:

HOUSING FINANCE FOR OWNER OCCUPATION

  • The total value of owner occupied housing commitments excluding alterations and additions increased by 3.5% (seasonally adjusted) and the trend series rose 1.2%.

PERSONAL FINANCE
  • The seasonally adjusted series for the value of total personal finance commitments fell by 0.4%. This decrease was due to a fall in revolving credit commitments (down 3.0%), offset by a rise in fixed lending commitments (up 2.6%).
  • The trend series for the value of total personal finance fell 0.2% due to a fall in revolving credit commitments (down 0.8%), while fixed lending commitments rose 0.6%.

COMMERCIAL FINANCE
  • The seasonally adjusted series for the value of total commercial finance commitments fell by 16.8%. This decrease was due to a fall in revolving credit commitments (down 37.9%), which was partially offset by an increase in fixed lending commitments (up 5.9%).
  • The trend series for the value of total commercial finance commitments rose 1.0%. This was due to a rise in revolving credit commitments (up 3.6%), which was partially offset by a decrease in fixed lending commitments (down 0.6%).

LEASE FINANCE
  • Lease finance commitments (seasonally adjusted) increased by 2.2%. The lease finance trend series rose by 2.1%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
May 2007 11 July 2007
June 2007 10 August 2007
July 2007 11 September 2007
August 2007 15 October 2007
September 2007 12 November 2007
October 2007 12 December 2007



REVISIONS

Revisions were made to include the latest available administrative and survey data including the reclassification of some loans (as foreshadowed in the November and December 2006 issues), and improvements to coverage. The revisions apply from December 2004 onwards and, in original terms, for March 2007:
  • increased the value of total commercial finance commitments by $5,038m to $44,164m;
  • decreased the value of total personal finance commitments by $153m to $6,996m.


CHANGES TO THIS ISSUE

As announced in both February and March 2007 issues, the format of the datacubes containing seasonally adjustment factors has changed to align with the current standard of excel spreadsheets. The new format is available as Tables 13.



INQUIRIES

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