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Asset finance at six year high in September

6 November 2014

New figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show 31% growth in asset finance new business during September 2014, to reach over £2.5 billion, the highest monthly figure in almost six years.

Business equipment finance reported its strongest growth so far this year, with new business up 53% in September compared with the same month in the previous year. Business new car finance grew by 30 % in the same period. Plant and machinery finance, commercial vehicle finance and IT equipment finance were up by 22%, 16% and 15% respectively.

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

“September saw robust growth across all the key asset finance sectors. New business in the third quarter of this year increased by 21%, three times the rate of growth recorded in the second quarter. These figures clearly show that the asset finance industry, through the provision of leasing and hire purchase, is helping UK businesses to invest and grow.”

 

 

Sep 2014

% change on prev. year

3 months to Sep 2014

% change on prev. year

12 months to Sep 2014

% change on prev. year

Total FLA asset finance (£m)

2,528

+31

6,615

+21

24,641

+14

Total excluding high value (£m)

2,331

+21

6,316

+18

23,844

+13

 

Data Extracts:

Plant and machinery finance (£m)

448

+22

1,391

+20

5,121

+17

Commercial vehicle finance (£m)

565

+16

1,401

+13

5,804

+20

IT equipment finance (£m)

147

+15

373

+15

1,508

+2

Business equipment finance (£m)

230

+53

556

+24

2,108

+10

Car finance (£m)

776

+29

2,095

+30

7,386

+10

Aircraft, ships and rolling stock finance (£m)

21

-25

54

-4

266

-21

Note to editors:

  1. 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.