Consumer credit growth has fallen to 6% in the last year according to the
latest money and credit report from the Bank of England. (BOE)
This is the lowest level of growth for the last 5 years.
Consumer Credit slowdown blamed on Brexit uncertainty.
Figures from the Bank
of England latest Money and Credit report showed that growth in consumer credit
slowed to 6% in the year to September, the lowest since 2014.
The BOE says that the
consumer credit slowdown has taken place for “almost three years” as consumers
slow borrowing in the face of Brexit uncertainty.
Unsecured credit growth has declined from 6.3% in June and July, before dropping to 6.1% in August and falling again last month. Partly to blame from weaker private car sales as this has reduced the demand for car finance.
Mortgage borrowing by households in September
Mortgage borrowing by
households remained flat at £3.8 billion in September, close to the average for
the past three years.
Consumers borrowed an
extra £800 million to buy goods and services last month. It remained below £1.1 billion, the annual
average, for the second consecutive month.
Credit card borrowing
weakened on the month to £100 million, the lowest figure since December 2018.
Borrowing for other loans and advances was £700 million, down from around £800 million in August, and the weakest figure since March.
Business borrowing rose.
was strong in September, rising to £9.7 billion, the highest figure for more
than a year.
This reflected £6.5 billion net issued from bonds and £2.9 billion of borrowing from banks.
Samuel Tombs, chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said:
“Monetary indicators continue to suggest that the economy is not near the brink of a recession.
“Admittedly, unsecured borrowing was slightly subpar in September but this likely reflected the impact of new emissions regulations on the timing of car sales.
“The current 6% year-on-year growth rate in the stock of unsecured credit looks sustainable, given that the ratio of unsecured debt to incomes still is below its mid-2000s peak, wages are rising briskly and borrowing costs are very low.”
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