In the week ending 8 September 2006, the decrease of EUR 114 million in gold and gold receivables (asset item 1) reflected the selling of gold by two Eurosystem central banks (consistent with the Central Bank Gold Agreement of 27 September 2004).
The net position of the Eurosystem in foreign currency (asset items 2 and 3 minus liability items 7, 8 and 9) decreased by EUR 0.1 billion to EUR 152.2 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 0.1 billion to EUR 83.9 billion. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) rose by EUR 2.1 billion to EUR 589.2 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) increased by EUR 0.8 billion to EUR 57.9 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 3.5 billion to EUR 427 billion. On Wednesday, 6 September 2006, a main refinancing operation of EUR 310.5 billion matured and a new one of EUR 307 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 (compared with virtually nil and EUR 0.1 billion respectively in the previous week).
As a result of all transactions, the current account position of credit institutions with the Eurosystem (liability item 2.1) decreased by EUR 5.1 billion to EUR 165.1 billion.
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