In the week ending 19 March 2010 the increase of EUR 1 million in gold and gold receivables (asset item 1) reflected the purchase of gold coin by one Eurosystem central bank.
The net position of the Eurosystem in foreign currency (asset items 2 and 3 minus liability items 7, 8 and 9) increased by EUR 0.2 billion to EUR 161 billion on account of customer and portfolio transactions.
The holdings by the Eurosystem of securities other than those held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.2) increased by EUR 0.5 billion to EUR 297.8 billion. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) decreased by EUR 0.4 billion to EUR 787.7 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) increased by EUR 8.6 billion to EUR 113.5 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 34.2 billion to EUR 528.3 billion. On Wednesday, 17 March 2010, a main refinancing operation of EUR 78.4 billion matured and a new one of EUR 79 billion was settled.
Recourse to the marginal lending facility (asset item 5.5) was EUR 0.1 billion (approximately the same as in the previous week), while recourse to the deposit facility (liability item 2.2) was EUR 195.1 billion (compared with EUR 160.3 billion in the preceding week).
The holdings by the Eurosystem of securities held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.1) increased by EUR 0.9 billion to EUR 42.4 billion in the week ending 19 March 2010.
As a result of all transactions, the current account position of credit institutions with the Eurosystem (liability item 2.1) decreased by EUR 39.6 billion to EUR 223.1 billion.
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