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Retail lending stock climbs close to 16% in Q2

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Hungarian banks' retail lending stock increased 15.8% in the 12 months to the end of June, growing HUF 424 billion alone in the second quarter, National Bank of Hungary (MNB) department head Bálint Dancsik said on Friday, presenting the central bank's latest report on lending trends, state news wire MTI reports.

Lending increased at the highest rate in the European Union during the period, Dancsik said. Adjusted for the impact of a repayment moratorium, the retail loan portfolio still grew over 7%, he added.

Borrowers with one-third of retail lending stock are participating in the blanket moratorium and the participation rate has "stagnated", Dancsik said.

Outlays of home loans reached HUF 364 bln in Q2, a new record, as borrowers brought home purchases forward amid the rise in home prices, concerns over inflation, and higher interest rates.

Around 63% of banks said they expect a further pickup in demand for home loans.

Banks' outlays of preferential credit linked to home renovation subsidies for families raising children reached HUF 24 bln by the end of June. Demand for the credit was strongest in areas of Hungary other than the capital, lenders said.

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