Average spend on credit cards was  9 percent lower than March 2020 according to latest analyst from software provider FICO . The average spend on UK credit cards increased by £13 to £560 in March 2021, with sales 9 percent lower than a year ago. The figures revealed that average spend per card is lower…

New research from Aviva has revealed that a quarter (25%) of middle-aged (45-54-year-olds) consumers (equivalent to 2.25 million people) say their total debts have increased in the 12 months to April 2021.  This is despite headline figures claiming that consumers have saved more than £180 billion during the Covid-19 pandemic. One in five (18%) of…

Consumer spending has recovered to levels last seen before the pandemic as it rises 0.4% in April compared with the same period in 2019, up from a 7.2% contraction in March and the first expansion this year, according to data from Barclaycard. The data indicates that spending on essential items rose 10.1 per cent compared…

New analysis by EY ITEM Club’s Interim Bank Lending Forecast expects consumer credit to grow 10.5% in 2021 and 9.1% in 2022 as consumer spending rebounds post-lockdown. Net lending via credit cards and personal loans turned negative in 2020 and remained in negative territory in the first three months of this year. Annual growth in February…

EQ Credit Services has released its latest UK research report into the unsecured lending sector which has revealed some startling consumer attitude shifts including a ‘new nervousness’ characterising the current credit market. This appeared most acute amongst the youngest generation (age 18-24), with over half of this group responding that they would only be prepared…

Provident Financial (PFG) has confirmed that it is closing down its loss-making 141-year-old doorstep lending business. The division employs more than 2,000 people. The news comes as the Group releases its preliminary results for the year ended 31st December 2020, which feature a pre-tax loss of £113.5 million (2019: pre-tax profit of £119 million). The…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) have shown that consumer finance new business grew in March 2021 by 7% compared with the same month in 2020.  In Q1 2021, new business was 17% lower than in Q1 2020. The retail store and online credit sector reported growth in new business of…

Latest Bank of England (BoE) figures show that UK homeowners borrowed a record £11.8 billion more on mortgages than they repaid in March, with market activity driven by the stamp duty holiday and low mortgage rates. Gross mortgage borrowing hit £35.6 billion in March, with buyers looking to tie up property purchases ahead of the…

Hundreds of thousands of people struggling with debt problems will be supported through the newly launched debt respite scheme. The Breathing Space measures will give those facing financial difficulties space to receive debt advice, or mental health crisis treatment, without pressure from creditors or mounting debts. Under the scheme, people will be given legal protection…

Credit Connect’s hosted its first-ever Online Lending Technology Think Tank last week which saw lending strategies and the future of the sector discussed by thirteen leading professionals from a variety of lending sectors. The themes of fraud, open banking, credit risk and the future of lending were discussed by panellists and Chair Chris Warburton from…

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