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Credit card lending survey results for first quarter 2018
The following is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority:

     The Hong Kong Monetary Authority published today (May 16) the credit card lending survey results for the first quarter of 2018.

     Total card receivables decreased by 8.1% in the first quarter to HK$120.7 billion at end-March 2018, after an increase of 10.8% in the previous quarter that was mainly contributed by festive spending and the payment of salaries tax using credit cards.

     The combined delinquent and rescheduled ratio edged up to 0.33% at end-March 2018 from 0.31% at the previous quarter-end.

     The charge-off amount increased slightly by HK$5 million during the quarter to HK$517 million, while the quarterly charge-off ratio remained stable at 0.41%.
Ends/Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Issued at HKT 17:20
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