The net balance measure for business lending - the weighted percentage of respondents reporting an increase in demand for loans minus those reporting a fall in demand - climbed to plus 13.6 in the first quarter from minus 8.1 in the fourth quarter of 2015.
The survey found respondents expect the net balance measure to rise further to plus 24.6 in the current quarter.
(Reporting by Andrew Torchia; Editing by Kevin Liffey) ((email@example.com; +9715 6681 7277; Reuters Messaging: firstname.lastname@example.org))
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