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Asset finance at a five-year high

10 October 2014

Asset finance at a five-year high

New figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show 11% growth in asset finance new business during the twelve months to August 2014, bringing the annual total to more than £24 billion –  the highest reported by the industry for five years.

The strongest new business growth in August was reported by the business new car finance sector, up 38% compared with August 2013.  Plant and machinery finance and commercial vehicle finance were also up by 7% and 5% respectively over the same period. IT equipment finance recorded a second consecutive month of strong growth in August as new business increased by 10% on the same month a year earlier.

Commenting on the figures, Geraldine Kilkelly, Head of Research and Chief Economist at the FLA, said:

“The asset finance market has grown in each month so far this year, driving the annual total of new business up to its highest level since August 2009.  Recent months have seen growth extend beyond the commercial vehicle and plant and machinery finance sectors, which were the key drivers of growth over the last year.”

 

 

Aug 2014

% change on prev. year

3 months to Aug 2014

% change on prev. year

12 months to Aug 2014

% change on prev. year

Total FLA asset finance (£m)

1,741

+7

6,240

+12

24,035

+11

Total excluding high value (£m)

1,741

+14

6,108

+15

23,435

+11

 

Data Extracts:

Plant and machinery finance (£m)

419

+7

1,438

+18

5,041

+16

Commercial vehicle finance (£m)

372

+5

1,328

+9

5,731

+19

IT equipment finance (£m)

107

+10

412

+6

1,487

+1

Business equipment finance (£m)

139

-2

551

+5

2,028

+4

Car finance (£m)

537

+37

1,915

+21

7,203

+8

Aircraft, ships and rolling stock finance (£m)

11

+195

39

-21

271

-27

 Note to editors:

In 2013, FLA members provided £89.0 billion of new finance to UK businesses and households.  £22.4 billion of finance was provided to businesses and the public sector.  FLA members financed almost 27% of UK investment in machinery, equipment and purchased software in the UK last year.