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Lending to commercial property (Oct.)

A drop in repayments and rise in development activity resulted in positive net lending in October for the first time since March. Despite this turnaround, credit conditions will remain tight and uncertainty about the recovery will continue to weigh on lending in the near term.
Pieter Du Preez Property Economist
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