New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show growth of 7% in consumer finance new business in June, compared with the same month last year, and growth of 4% in the second quarter of 2017 overall. Credit card and personal loan new business together grew by 10% compared with June 2016, while…

Complaints about consumer credit including payday loans and hire purchase showed a rise in the second quarter according to latest statistics released by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). Consumer credit complaints totalled 7,281 in the three months to June 30, up from 5,846 in the same period last year. Payday loans, which provide short-term credit at…

Credit decisioning specialist Zoot,  has announced a partnership with credit scorecards specialist Credit Kudos. The combination will enable lenders to easily incorporate account transaction data into their existing risk process, leveraging Credit Kudos’ pre-configured risk models through Zoot’s cloud-based platform integrating data and scoring to create a seamless application process. Adam Jackson, Zoot’s Managing Director…

The number of cash payments decreased by 11% between 2015 and 2016, but it remains the most frequently used payment method in the UK, according to new data published today by UK Finance. Consumers and businesses made 15.4 billion cash payments in 2016 – down from 17.2 billion in 2015 (a decrease of 11%). However…

The Central Bank of Ireland has released Ireland’s Credit and Debit Card Statistics for Q2 2017. Here is an overview of the main findings. Debit card Point of Sale (PoS) transactions, at €2.9 billion in June 2017, were 16 per cent higher than the same month in 2016. Credit card PoS spending was 5 per cent higher than…

Data from Barclaycard has revealed that consumer spending has risen by 3.5%. The data shows that consumers received some respite from a continued drop in petrol prices, which have fallen from an average of 120p per litre at the start of the year to 113p last month. As a result, expenditure on the forecourt increased…

The UK Finance has released its latest car expenditure statistics for June 2017. Highlights from the statistics include: Total card spending reached £57.1 billion in June, up by 0.3% on May and 7% on June 2016. There were just under 1.4 billion card payments in June, a monthly record and a 12% rise in the…

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for August 2017: Personal debt in the UK Total UK personal debt The average total debt per household – including mortgages – was £57,005 in June. The revised figure for May was £56,791 Based on June 2017 trends, the UK’s total interest repayments on personal…

Tandem has announced that it has agreed on a deal to acquire Harrods Bank, subject to regulatory approval. The deal will bring around £80 million of capital into the business. Once the deal has been completed Tandem can accelerate launch plans and start to offer savings accounts as well as continued development of the app and credit card. The…

Ten years on from the onset of the global credit crunch, millions of people are still enduring financial pain. New research from GoCompare has found that nearly half (46%) of the UK’s population feel worse off now than they did in 2007, with one in four concerned that they would be in serious financial trouble…

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