Compared to early 2009, households’ overdue loans increased 2.6 times to 981.2 million on December 31, 2008.

Broken down by lending currency, the largest share of loans past due were given in national currency, worth 1.62 billion lei at the end of October, while loans 30 days past due totalled 800 million lei. Loans 90 days past due totalled 2 billion lei.

The number of borrowers in default fell slightly in October, for the first time in seven months, to 645,201 households, from 648, 970 at the end of September.

The number of bad debtors increased constantly in Apr-Sept period, after falling by 4,300 households in March, to 511,207.