Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 8 February 2008
Items not related to monetary policy operations
In the week ending 8 February 2008, the decrease of EUR 38 million in gold and gold receivables (asset item 1) reflected the sale of gold by one Eurosystem central bank (consistent with the Central Bank Gold Agreement that came into effect on 27 September 2004) and a net purchase of gold coin by another Eurosystem central bank.
The net position of the Eurosystem in foreign currency (asset items 2 and 3 minus liability items 7, 8 and 9) remained virtually unchanged at EUR 151.7 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 1.3 billion to EUR 100.7 billion. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) rose by EUR 0.8 billion to EUR 653.4 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) decreased by EUR 2.7 billion to EUR 45.1 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 5.5 billion to EUR 429.7 billion. On Wednesday, 6 February 2008, a main refinancing operation of EUR 167.5 billion matured and a new one of EUR 161.5 billion was settled.
Recourse to the marginal lending facility (asset item 5.5) was EUR 0.4 billion (compared with virtually nil in the preceding week), while recourse to the deposit facility (liability item 2.2) was EUR 0.4 billion (compared with EUR 0.5 billion 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 1.9 billion to EUR 196.5 billion.
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