Member companies of the Czech Leasing and Financial Association (ČLFA) extended over CZK 5.96bn for the financing of machinery and equipment in Q1 2015, up 34% y/y. ČLFA board of directors chairwoman Jiřina Tapšíková has stated that the growth corresponds to the economic development and indicates firms’ investment optimism. The association registered most significant increase in investments (up 95.7%) in the category of machinery for mining, excavation and construction.