The outstanding loans in Brazil grow by 15.9% y/y in August
The amount of outstanding loans in Brazil rose by 15.9% y/y in August, standing at BRL 4,335bn, corresponding to 52.3% of GDP. According to the local central bank, households’ debt growth accelerated from 18.4% in July to 18.8% y/y in August, offsetting the deceleration in companies’ debt growth from 13.8% y/y to 12.2% y/y in the same two months.
The average interest rate for new loans reached 21.1% in August, the biggest rate in 15 months, in line with the hike in the benchmark interest rate, the Selic, by the central bank. The non-performing loans rate stood at 2.3%, which is unchanged since May.
Further data and analysis on Brazil’s economy are available on the CEIC Brazil Economy in a Snapshot – Q2 2021 report.