Economists in the Bloomberg Monthly Survey cut their estimate of the take-up of funds under a program designed to boost bank lending. The reduction signals concern that the outlook for the currency bloc may be too weak to drive demand for loans, undermining a policy the European Central Bank president says is key to restoring the region's health.


Draghi said in July that the maximum size of the program could be about 1 trillion euros. On Aug. 7, he said market estimates and indications by individual banks point to a take-up of between 450 billion euros and 850 billion euros... Economists in the Bloomberg survey see appetite waning for the later operations. They forecast banks will take 293 billion euros, down from 350 billion euros predicted last month.

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