China's banks may fall short of their 2012 loan targets, say several officials, thanks to a...

|By:, SA News Editor

China's banks may fall short of their 2012 loan targets, say several officials, thanks to a drying-up in demand from their biggest customers - large state-owned firms. Bank loans dove 33% April and the May figures may be worse, with only ¥34B ($5.4B) advanced through May 20 (¥682B was loaned in April). The news seems to have hit stocks and the aussie dollar, off 40 pips in a few minutes.