KPMG comments on today’s Bank of England money and credit data

Bank of England – Money and Credit data

Bank of England – Money and Credit data

Karim Haji, head of financial services at KPMG UK, said:

“The data does, unfortunately, confirm the darkening picture emerging of the UK economy as both consumers and businesses face challenges on several fronts, but particularly from rising inflation.

“There is no way to dress up the worrying personal finance data. Credit card borrowing and other consumer debt are up again. Lenders offering unsecured debt are caught between the need to be cautious and providing whatever support they can, such as payment holidays or larger overdrafts and credit limits.

“Meanwhile, housing market activity has moderated in recent months, with mortgage approvals returning to their pre-pandemic average of around 65,000. While strong demand for housing continues to boost prices, rapidly falling affordability could be a key driver of a slowdown in the near-term, as higher interest rates are passed on to borrowers.

“One useful temperature check will come in the form of the half-year trading updates from the main UK banks at the end of the month. Their statements will be pored over for evidence of confidence or concern about the state of the economy.”

ENDS.

 

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