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Consumer finance up 10% in March

By CreditMan Friday, May 8, 2015

New figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) shows growth of 10% in consumer finance new business in March, and 5% in Q1 2015 overall.

Retail store and online credit was up by 5% in March, while personal loans and credit card new business together grew by 4% over the same period.

The second charge mortgage market reported new business up 33% by value and 7% by volume in March – its highest level since Q4 2008.

Geraldine Kilkelly, Head of Research and Chief Economist at the FLA, said:

“The strength of the consumer finance market in March reflects the general improvement in consumer confidence, and particularly with regard to making major household purchases.”