(REUTERS) -- The balance sheet of the Eurosystem of central banks hit a new high last week, while gold and gold receivables held by euro zone central banks remained unchanged at 419.822 billion euros in the week ending Dec. 2, European Central Bank data showed on Tuesday.

Net foreign exchange reserves in the Eurosystem of central banks rose by 0.8 billion euros to 196.4 billion euros, the ECB said in its regular weekly consolidated financial statement.

It added that the combined balance sheet of the ECB and the 17 national central banks in the euro zone rose by 16 billion euros to 2.436 trillion euros, the highest ever.