During the past five years, leasing has grown mightily as a form of financing, and according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, leasing activity has exceeded overall business investment in equipment by a wide margin. Below is a breakdown showing what types of equipment companies are leasing. The percentages indicate new leasing business for the five-year period:

Computer systems 23.2%

Aircraft 14.7

Office machines 11.5

Construction equipment 8.1

Trucks/trailers 6.1

Manufacturing equipment 5.1

Medical equipment 4.8

Furniture/fixtures 4.6

Industrial equipment 4.4

Telecommunications equipment 3.8

Railroad equipment 3.1

Other 10.6

Source: American Association of Equipment Lessors, Survey of Industry Activity 1990.