The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has just released the private sector credit aggregates, which registered a small decrease in total credit growth in the month of August, but the third lowest monthly housing credit growth in the series’ 35-year history and the lowest quarterly and annual mortgage growth ever recorded:
Total credit provided to the private sector by financial intermediaries rose by 0.2 per cent over August 2012, after rising by 0.2 per cent over July. Over the year to August, total credit rose by 4.1 per cent.
Housing credit increased by 0.3 per cent over August, following an increase of 0.3 per cent over July. Over the year to August, housing credit rose by 4.8 per cent.
Other personal credit decreased by 0.3 per cent over August, after falling by 0.3 per cent over July. Over the year to August, other personal credit decreased by 1.4 per cent.
Business credit decreased by 0.1 per cent over August, after growing by 0.1 per cent over July. Over the year to August, business credit increased by 4.0 per cent.
A chart showing the long-run breakdown in the components is provided below:
Personal credit growth (-0.3% MoM; -0.8% QoQ; -1.4% YoY) fell over the month and remains lower over the year. By contrast, business credit (-0.1% MoM; 0.6% QoQ; 4.0% YoY) also fell slightly over the month but is up over the year. Housing credit (0.3% MoM; 1.0% QoQ; 4.8% YoY) grew over the year, but at subdued levels relative to their long-run average growth rates.
Focusing on the housing market, quarterly and annual credit growth hit fresh all time (35-year) lows of 0.95% and 4.82% respectively. Monthly housing credit growth (0.33%) was also the third lowest recorded result in the series’ history, and the series is now in a down trend (see below chart).
Finally, a breakdown of owner-occupied credit and investor credit is provided below: