External loans increase

External loans made by the Macau banking sector increased 2.4 percent to MOP110.7 billion (US$13.8 billion) in August from the previous month. Domestic loans to the private sector were stable. Their value grew modestly by 0.1 percent on a monthly basis to MOP116.8 billion. Total deposits with the Macau banking sector grew 0.7 percent to MOP316.7 billion (US$39.6 billion), according to official data.