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Lending to commercial property (Aug.)

Net lending to property decreased for the third consecutive month in August, driven by falls in both lending for standing investment and development. Looking ahead, we think that tight credit conditions and the slow recovery in investment will weigh on lending to commercial property this year.
Sam Hall Assistant Property Economist
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