Lending rose to $170.4 billion in January, a $53.5 billion increase from January 2012, the central bank said.
Lending was the highest since January 2010, when new loans reached $223 billion, China's official Xinhua news agency reported Saturday.
China's gross domestic product rose at an annual rate of 7.9 percent in the fourth quarter. It was the first year-over-year acceleration in nearly two years.
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