Study Shows Consumer Debt Spending Increasing to Pre-Recession Levels

Reason to worry as consumers entering debt as they did preceding the world recession

The consumer credit totals have grown over the last month at a faster pace that any time since the end of 2008, as families are now resorting to personal loans and overdrafts in order to keep up with falling wages.

The Bank of England released data that stated 3.5% annual income increases in consumer credit has been seen over the last month. Those numbers include credit cards, unsecured loans, and has been the most rapid increase in the last four-plus years.

The evidence of the consumer willingness to take on personal loans will bring forth concern in an unsustainable recovery that the country has been enjoying of late.

Mortgage approvals for housing also rose, adding more possible concerning numbers, according to the Bank of England. The numbers are now reaching pre-recession numbers, and it is looking as if individuals have suffered a case of amnesia on how the world fell into the recession.

David Tinsley of BNP Paribas said: “The Bank of England’s Inflation Report discussed that it was likely that approvals would rise ‘above 60,0000 a month by the end of the year’. On today’s evidence, this is happening at least as fast as that view. A level towards 70,000 by year-end looks achievable.”

The availability of mortgages to more people has created a rise in price across the country, and Nationwide stated that housing prices rose overall to 0.6% of the prior month.

With the consumer credit increase, the majority of increase was seen in “other loans and advances.” That title often refers, at least in part, to personal loans. It was estimated that over 500-million pounds were taken out in such loans, as compared to the 200-million taken out six months previous.


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