(Adds comment, Bankia)
MADRID, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Spain registered 19,825 residential mortgage approvals in August, the lowest monthly rate in over four years, the National Statistics Institute said on Wednesday.
August’s numbers represent a 3.4% drop compared to the same period last year, and a 24% loss on July.
But experts pointed to a recovery in the number of new mortgages in June and July, when Spain exited a coronavirus lockdown, and indications of an improvement in September, as positive signs.
State-owned lender Bankia, which is in talks to merge into Spain’s biggest domestic lender, reported income from new mortgages up 71% in September compared to August. (Reporting by Clara-Laeila Laudette Editing by Ingrid Melander and Catherine Evans)
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