SINGAPORE, March 31 Singapore's total bank
lending in February rose as lending to financial institutions,
general commerce as well as building and construction increased,
central bank data showed on Friday.
Loans and advances by domestic banking units in the
city-state amounted to S$627.4 billion last month, rising from
S$617.1 billion in January.
Bank lending fell for the first time in four months in
Bank lending in February rose 5.2 percent from a year
Loans and advances in Asian currency units (ACU) rose 0.1
percent to S$541.3 billion in February from S$540.8 billion in
The ACU market refers to loans denominated in currencies
other than the Singapore dollar.
(Reporting by Fathin Ungku; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)