OSLO, April 27 Norwegian banks tightened credit
standards for households in the first quarter, as expected,
following a change in residential mortgage regulations, a survey
by the country's central bank showed on Thursday.
Credit standards for households are expected to remain
unchanged in the second quarter, it added.
Credit demand from Norwegian households and companies was
unchanged in the quarter, even as lending rates and lending
margins increased, Norges Bank said.
The survey comprises the nine largest banks operating in
Norway. Top banks include DNB, Nordea, Danske
Bank, Handelsbanken, SR-Bank,
Sparebank 1 SMN and Sparebanken Vest.
(Reporting by Terje Solsvik, editing by Gwladys Fouche)