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Monetary Developments - Dec 2009

Source: NBK Capital

Soft credit growth in 2009, 6.1% in December y/y

The year ended on a soft note with credit posting a small decline, KD 50 million in December. It was the second monthly decline last year after April’s, while the previous decline in credit goes back to December 2005. For the year, credit grew 6.1% December/December (compared to 17.5% in 2008). In an effort to spur credit and help the economy, the CBK reduced its official rates in early February, 50 bps for the discount rate, from 3.0% to 2.50% (see below).

In December, money supply (M2) contracted 0.4% month on month (m/m), after registering strong expansions in the past three months. The slowdown in December was more marked by the 6.2% decline in M1, a narrower measure of money, as depositors chose to transfer funds from current accounts to fixed deposits. Business tends to slow the last month of the year as businesses focus more on administrative house cleaning.

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