Foreign loan burden on Turkish private sector slips
The Turkish private sector’s outstanding loans received from abroad continued to drop in October from end-2018, the country's Central Bank announced on Dec. 16.
The sector's long-term debts totaled $193.1 billion as of October, falling $16.3 billion from the end of December last year, the Central Bank of Turkey said in a statement.
It noted that 45.5 percent of the long-term debts in the month were held by financial institutions.
Some 60.8 percent of Turkey's private sector long-term debt was in U.S. dollars, with 33.7 percent in euros, 3.9 percent in Turkish liras, and 1.6 percent in other currencies.
The sector's short-term loans -- debt that must be paid in the next 12 months -- also slipped $4 billion to $11.4 billion in the same period.
Financial institutions held 73.4 percent of the short-term loans, while 26.6 percent consisted of liabilities of non-financial institutions.
"Regarding the currency composition of the total short-term loans, 52.0 percent consists of U.S. dollars, 29.1 percent consists of euros, 18.3 percent consists of Turkish liras and 0.6 percent consist of other currencies," it added.