This year is not the time for business credit to surge. This has been seen especially with the country’s biggest lender stating that the “engine drivers” of economic growth are not borrowing cash but are holding on to it.

The major banks’ prediction of a sizeable rebound in lending to small and medium sized enterprises, and the pickup of the number of loans given to companies in the 2 million or less category in September 2010 gave the industry hope of a sustained recovery especially with the increased demand from small businesses. However, these hopes have been stalled by a subdued retail sector and the natural disasters in Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria.