Consumers rediscover thrift

After racking up total debts of just under £1.5 trillion, UK consumers are cutting back and borrowing less. Figures from the Bank of England show that consumers repaid loans to the tune of £600m in July, which was the first net repayment since records began in 1993.   In fact the 12-month growth rate of total net lending to individuals … Continue reading

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Bank lending continues to fall

The Bank of England has just published its Trends in Lending report which seems to present nothing but bad news. It says that in the second quarter of 2009 total net lending to businesses fell across all the main industrial sectors.  Gross lending (not allowing for any repayments) fell from £42.9bn in the first quarter of 2009 to £27.3bn in … Continue reading

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