Banks Point to a Pickup in Lending –

At Citi, retail-banking loans rose 15% from a year ago to $133 billion, as the New York bank lent more to individuals and local businesses. At San Francisco-based Wells, commercial and industrial loans rose 11% from a year earlier to $167 billion at Dec. 31, amid what Chief Financial Officer Tim Sloan called broad-based growth.

All told, loans outstanding at the companies and J.P. Morgan rose by $41 billion from a year ago in the fourth quarter, to $2.14 trillion. That’s the first increase for the three giant lenders since 2008…

via Banks Point to a Pickup in Lending –

Comment: ~ Private sector deleveraging is slowing and new capital investment improving, but this may prove a temporary respite as purchases were brought forward to take advantage of accelerated tax depreciation in 2011. The 100% write-off of new capital investment (in the year of purchase) will expire in 2012 if not extended by Congress.