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Chilean central bank survey: Loan demand weakens in Q2 as lending conditions remain tight

Chileanbanks reported that financing conditions remained tight in the second quarter of2016 compared to the previous quarter, while demand was weaker, especially in themortgages and consumer loans portfolios, according to a survey by .

The percentageof banks that reported tighter financing conditions for consumer loans was 36%,while the percentage for mortgages was 25%, the central bank said in a July 13 pressrelease.

Lendingconditions for companies also tightened. The proportion of banks reporting tighterlending conditions for loans to large companies rose to 31% from 12% in the previousquarter, while the proportion for loans to SMEs was steady at 21%.

On thedemand side, demand for consumer loans and mortgages was seen as down from the previousquarter. The proportion of banks reporting weaker demand for consumer loans roseto 50% from 40%, while the proportion that reported the same for mortgages roseto 58% from 46%.

In termsof large companies, however, demand was seen as stronger than in the previous quarter.The proportion of banks reporting weaker demand fell to 50% from 71%, while theproportion reporting stronger demand rose to 13% from 6%.

As forSMEs, the proportion of banks reporting weaker demand rose to 43% from 40%, butthe proportion reporting stronger demand also rose to 21% from 13%, the centralbank noted.