German Loans Rise 4.3% as Banks Roll Back Non-Domestic Business

Loans to German companies and self- employed individuals rose 4.3 percent in the fourth quarter from a year earlier as the country’s banks reduced lending outside their domestic market, KfW Group said in a statement.

New credit volume may stagnate “at best” in the second half of 2012 as the economy slows and companies reduce their investments, the German state-owned development bank said today, citing a survey KfW conducted for Handelsblatt newspaper.

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