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Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 13 January 2006

17 January 2006

Items not related to monetary policy operations

In the week ending 13 January 2006, the decrease of EUR 7 million in gold and gold receivables (asset item 1) reflected the selling of gold by one Eurosystem central bank (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 0.6 billion to EUR 161.1 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 0.3 billion to EUR 93.2 billion. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) decreased by EUR 6.4 billion to EUR 553.8 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) rose by EUR 0.8 billion to EUR 42.8 billion.

Items related to monetary policy operations

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 7.1 billion to EUR 399.1 billion. On Wednesday, 11 January 2006, a main refinancing operation of EUR 316 billion matured and a new one of EUR 309 billion was settled.

Recourse to the marginal lending facility (asset item 5.5) was EUR 0.1 billion (compared with EUR 0.2 billion in the previous week), while recourse to the deposit facility (liability item 2.2) was virtually nil, which was approximately the same as in the preceding week.

Current accounts of euro area credit institutions

As a result of all transactions, the current account position of credit institutions with the Eurosystem (liability item 2.1) decreased by EUR 0.3 billion to EUR 152.8 billion.

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