Updated April 3rd, 2024 at 17:34 IST

Credit offtake rose by 20.3 % (y-o-y) in third quarter of FY24

Overall, deposits expanded by Rs. 23.2 lakh crore from December 2022.

Reported by: Business Desk
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Credit offtake: In the third quarter of FY24, India's credit market witnessed a robust surge, with credit offtake expanding by 20.3 per cent year-on-year, translating to a substantial Rs. 23.4 lakh crore increase since December 2022. This surge was largely fueled by a strong demand for personal loans and Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs), particularly in the initial months of the quarter. On the other hand, deposit growth experienced a slower trajectory at 13.5 per cent year-on-year, mainly led by term deposits, albeit with some moderation due to a higher base and sluggish growth in Current Account and Savings Account (CASA) deposits. Overall, deposits expanded by Rs. 23.2 lakh crore from December 2022.

Among Scheduled Commercial Banks (SCBs), term deposits exhibited a remarkable year-on-year growth of 19.0 per cent, outpacing the growth in CASA deposits which stood at 6.4 per cent. This shift was attributed to the sharper increase in interest rates for term deposits and a consequent reallocation of funds from lower-yielding CASA deposits to term deposits. As a result, the Credit Deposit (CD) ratio of SCBs rose by 456 basis points year-on-year, reaching 80.6 per cent by the end of December 2023, driven by both mergers and heightened credit growth.

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Regionally, the central region emerged as the frontrunner in credit growth, boasting a notable 22.9 per cent increase, while the eastern region reported the slowest growth at 18.5 per cent. In terms of deposits, the western region led the pack with a growth rate of 16.1 per cent, while the northeastern region witnessed the lowest growth at 9.7 per cent

In parallel, the outstanding Weighted Average Lending Rate (WALR) on SCBs saw a 29-basis point uptick, reaching 9.81 per cent by December 2023. Similarly, the outstanding Weighted Average Term Deposit Rate (WATDR) for SCBs rose by 105 basis points, from 6.78 per cent in December 2022 to 6.83 per cent in December 2023, mainly attributed to the repo rate hike of 250 basis points implemented between April 2022 and February 2023.

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Published April 3rd, 2024 at 17:34 IST