In the week ending 2 September 2005 the net position of the Eurosystem in foreign currency (asset items 2 and 3 minus liability items 7, 8 and 9) decreased by EUR 0.2 billion to EUR 166.8 billion on account of customer and portfolio transactions.
The holdings by the Eurosystem of marketable securities of euro area residents denominated in euro (asset item 7) increased by EUR 1.1 billion to EUR 88.7 billion. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) rose by EUR 3.2 billion to EUR 530.9 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) decreased by EUR 17.1 billion to EUR 56.4 billion.
The Eurosystem’s net lending to credit institutions (asset item 5 minus liability items 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 and 4) decreased by EUR 17 billion to EUR 383 billion. On Wednesday, 31 August 2005, a main refinancing operation of EUR 310 billion matured and a new one of EUR 293 billion was settled. On Thursday, 1 September 2005, a longer-term refinancing operation of EUR 30 billion matured and a new one of EUR 30 billion was settled.
Recourse to both the marginal lending facility (asset item 5.5) and the deposit facility (liability item 2.2) was virtually nil, which was approximately the same as in the preceding week.
As a result of all transactions, the current account position of credit institutions with the Eurosystem (liability item 2.1) decreased by EUR 3.7 billion to EUR 146.7 billion.
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