Household Finance Update - August 2018

Key data highlights:

  • Gross mortgage lending for the total market in August was £24.1bn, some 1.2 per cent lower than a year earlier.
  • The number of mortgage approvals by the main high street banks in August rose by 0.7 per cent compared to the same month a year earlier. Within this, remortgaging approvals were 9.2 per cent higher than for the same period a year earlier. There was a fall in house purchase and other secured borrowing of 4.3 per cent and 2.1 per cent respectively.
  • Credit card spending was 7.6 per cent higher than a year earlier, with outstanding levels on card borrowing growing by 5.8 per cent over the year. Outstanding overdraft borrowing was 7.2 per cent lower compared to the same time last year.
  • Personal deposits grew by 1.2 per cent in the last 12 months. Deposits held in instant access accounts were 4.3 per cent higher than a year earlier.

Commenting on the data, Peter Tyler, Director, UK Finance, said:

Remortgaging continued to dominate in August, as homeowners took advantage of a competitive market to lock into attractive deals.

Growth in card spending remained fairly strong, reflecting the boost to retail sales from the warm weather as well as the growing use of credit cards as a preferred means of payment.

However, the overall economic outlook remains mixed as household incomes continue to be squeezed by rising inflation.

Notes to editor

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<li>UK Finance is the trade association formed on 1 July 2017 to represent the finance and banking industry operating in the UK. It represents almost 300 firms in the UK providing credit, banking, markets and payment-related services. The organisation brings together most of the activities previously carried out by the Asset Based Finance Association, the British Bankers? Association, the Council of Mortgage Lenders, Financial Fraud Action UK, Payments UK and the UK Cards Association.</li>
<li>Data in this update reflect lending and deposit activity conducted by UK households with the main high street banks. This coverage reflects more than two-thirds of UK household finance provided by all banks and building societies.</li>