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Asset finance industry helps drive recovery in business investment

11 September 2015

New figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that asset finance new business grew by 2% in July 2015, the twenty-second consecutive month of growth. The industry, through the provision of leasing and hire purchase, financed 28.2% of all UK investment in machinery, equipment and purchased software in the twelve months to June 2015, a five-year high.

IT equipment finance grew by 37% compared with July 2014, while commercial vehicle finance and business equipment finance grew by 12% and 3% respectively over the same period.

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

“The asset finance industry has helped to drive the recovery in business investment over the last year. The latest figures show particularly strong growth in new finance for construction plant and IT equipment, up 19% and 35% respectively over the last twelve months.”

Jul

2015

% change on prev. year

3 months to Jul 2015

% change on prev. year

12 months to Jul 2015

% change on prev. year

Total FLA asset finance (£m)

2,448

+2

7,303

+10

28,199

+15

Total excluding high value (£m)

2,400

+4

7,154

+10

27,190

+14

Data Extracts:

 

By asset:

Plant and machinery finance (£m)

523

0

1,535

+5

5,719

+14

Commercial vehicle finance (£m)

542

+12

1,617

+9

6,437

+9

IT equipment finance (£m)

162

+37

552

+35

1,993

+35

Business equipment finance (£m)

194

+3

510

-13

2,168

+7

Car finance (£m)

788

-4

2,403

+15

8,803

+17

Aircraft, ships and rolling stock finance (£m)

20

+1

40

-37

447

+68

 

By channel:

Direct finance (£m)

1,160

-1

3,550

+12

13,656

+19

Broker-introduced finance (£m)

441

+9

1,266

+8

4,858

+11

Sales finance (£m)

799

+11

2,337

+9

8,676

+8

 

By product:

Finance leasing (£m)

287

+20

844

+6

3,640

+4

Operating leasing (£m)

551

+13

1,628

+9

6,376

+7

Lease/Hire purchase (£m)

1,292

0

3,858

+11

14,547

+18

Other finance (£m)

319

-18

972

+11

3,636

+31

Note to editors:

  1. In 2014, FLA members provided £100 billion of new finance to UK businesses and households. £26 billion of finance was provided to businesses and the public sector. FLA members financed more than 27% of UK investment in machinery, equipment and purchased software in the UK last year.