New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer finance new business was 2% lower in October 2019 than the same month in 2018, and held steady in the first ten months to October.

Within this overall picture, retail store and online credit new business grew in October by 1% compared with the same month in the previous year, while new business provided through credit cards and personal loans together fell by 2%.

Commenting on the figures, Geraldine Kilkelly, Head of Research and Chief Economist at the FLA, said “Despite some parts of the media reporting a consumer credit splurge, new business provided by FLA members in 2019 as a whole is likely to be at a similar level to 2018.  While consumer spending has continued to increase, growth has slowed over the past year particularly for non-essential goods.”

“The outlook for the UK consumer credit market in 2020 is for modest new business growth of around 3%.”

Table 1: New consumer credit lending

Oct 2019

% change on prev. year

3 months to Oct 2019

% change on prev. year

12 months to Oct2019

% change on prev. year

Total FLA consumer finance (£m)

8,690

-2

26,659

+2

103,484

+1

Data extracts:

Retail store and online credit (£m)

818

+1

2,194

+2

8,761

+2

Credit cards & personal loans (£m)

4,410

-2

13,181

+1

51,711

-1

Second charge mortgages (£m)

118

+14

325

+14

1,221

+17

Car finance (£m)

2,985

-3

9,783

+2

37,628

+2