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Economy in Brief

 UK Mortgage Lending Up but Consumer Credit Down 
by Louise Curley May 2, 2006

The British Bankers' Association released figures on mortgage and consumer credit lending today. Outstanding mortgages were up 0.12% from February and 3.54% above March 2005. Consumer credit outstanding, on the contrary, declined 1.82% from February and was 7.18% below March, 2005.

The year-to-year changes in outstanding mortgage and consumer credit have been declining since mid-2004. The deceleration in mortgages has been modest compared to that in consumer credit as can be seen in the first chart.

The decline in credit card debt is reflected in the decline over the past year or so in retail sales of household goods. The second chart shows the year-to-year change in retail sales of household goods and the net increase in consumer credit outstandings. Both series are seasonally unadjusted.

Banks have been playing a smaller proportional role in mortgage lending as Other Specialist Lenders (Non-bank UK credit grantors and specialist mortgage lenders) have taken a larger share of the market. Banks' share in the market has gone from 72.0% in 2000 to 59.4% in 2005, while that of Other Specialist Lenders has risen from 7.7% to 22.3%. The share of Building Societies has declined moderately from 20.0% to 17.9%. The share of other lenders has been insignificant. The year-to-year changes in outstanding mortgages at Banks and at Other Specialist lenders are shown in the third chart. While the yearly increases in Other Specialist Lenders have been declining they are still increasing at rates of almost 30% compared to about 5% for Banks.

United Kingdom Mar 06 Feb 06 Mar 05 M/M % Y/Y % 2005 2004  2003  
BBA Consumer Credit Outstanding (Bil. GBP) 31.2 31.8 33.6 -1.82 -7.18 33.4 34.0 28.7
BBA Mortgages Outstanding (Bil.GBP) 513.6 513.0 496.1 0.12 3.54 521.1 496.4 468.4
  
 Mortgage Lending by: % 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 -- --
Banks 59.4 61.8 65.9 69.1 41.0 72.0 -- --
Building Societies  17.9 18.2  18.4 18.3   19.2  20.0 -- --
Other Specialist Lenders 22.3 19.6 15.4 12.1 9.7 7.7 -- --
Other Lenders 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -- --
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