Key points from the data to the end of May 2017 include:
Part one: Broad money and credit: aggregate, sectoral and industrial detail
- Broad money increased by £8.1 billion in May (Table A). While the 12-month growth rate for broad money overall has been at around the current level since November 2016, the growth in households' money has continued to weaken and private non-financial corporations’ (PNFCs’) has strengthened. In May, households' money fell by £0.1 billion (Table B), this being the weakest flow since January 2015. In contrast, M4 flows for PNFCs and non-intermediate other financial corporations (NIOFCs) were higher than their recent averages (Tables C-D).
- Sterling lending to the UK private sector excluding intermediate other financial corporations increased by £11.0 billion in May (Table A). Net lending flows to all sectors were higher than last month (Tables B-D).
Part two: Lending to individuals: lending secured on dwellings and consumer credit
- Net lending secured on dwellings was £3.5 billion in May, slightly higher than its recent average (Table H).
- Mortgage approvals for house purchase were broadly stable at 65,202, while approvals for remortgaging increased slightly to 42,955 (Table I).
- Annual growth in consumer credit remained strong at 10.3% in May, although below its peak in November 2016 (Table J).
Part three: Lending to businesses: net finance raised and loans to businesses, split by size of business
- PNFCs borrowed £2.8bn from UK MFIs and capital markets in May, with the largest contribution coming from loans (Table L).
- Loans to large non-financial businesses increased by £3.5 billion in May (Table M). Businesses in the manufacturing and wholesale & retail industries were large contributors (Table O). Loans to small and medium-sized enterprises were broadly unchanged (Table M).