Cambodia’s banking industry recorded a slight increase in lending in the first two months of this year after a sharp rise last year, according to a consolidated data provided by the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) on Saturday. The data showed that the kingdom’s 33 commercial banks had lent a total of 5.99 billion U.S. dollars to customers by the end of February this year, up 1.7 percent from 5.89 billion U.S. dollars at the end of December last year, the report said. It added that 32 percent of the loans went to wholesale and retail trade, 10 percent to agriculture, 9 percent to manufacturing, 8 percent to construction, 6 percent to hotels and restaurants, 6 percent to mortgages and the remaining percentage went to financial institutions, real estate and personal borrowing. … By the end of February this year, the NBC said that the banks received 6.25 billion U.S. dollars, up 1 percent from 6.19 billion U.S. dollars at the end of last year. Cambodia has the population of about 14.5 million. Its banking sector has been serving about 1.6 million borrowers and 1.9 million depositors, according to the NBC.