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BELGRADE (Serbia), February 9 (SeeNews) - Serbia's leasing companies signed contracts with a total value of 130 million euro ($138.9 million) for the purchase of new passenger cars in 2016, up 10.3%, the country's leasing companies association, ALCS, said on Thursday.
A total of 28% of the new passenger car transactions in Serbia in 2016 were financed through leasing contracts, ALCS general secretary Teodora Milenkovic said, as quoted in a statement emailed to SeeNews by the association.
The total value of the new vehicle leasing agreements rose by 13% to 337 million euro in 2016, the association said.
"We anticipate the execution of a number of long-term investments announced in the previous year. Also, Belgrade will host the International Motor Show, and the leasing companies always provide competitive offers when it comes to financing a car," Milenkovic pointed out.
In the commercial vehicles segment, the total value of new leasing contracts increased by 25% to 133 million euro, while in the segment of machines and equipment, it grew by 10% to 67 million euro, the association said.
Earlier this month, the Serbian central bank, NBS, said the outstanding loans of local banks increased to 2.032 trillion dinars ($17.7 billion/16.4 billion euro) at the end of 2016, up 2.6% year-on-year. Loans to households rose by 10.5% to 839.5 billion dinars last year, while loans to privately-owned companies grew by 1.8% to 1.01 trillion dinars.
($ = 0.9360 euro)