Thursday, October 07, 2010

Consumer Credit declines in August

by Bill McBride on 10/07/2010 03:19:00 PM

The Federal Reserve reports:

In August, total consumer credit decreased at an annual rate of 1-3/4 percent. Revolving credit decreased at an annual rate of 7-1/4 percent, and [Non] revolving credit increased at an annual rate of 1-1/4 percent.
Consumer Credit Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This graph shows the increase in consumer credit since 1978. The amounts are nominal (not inflation adjusted).

Revolving credit (credit card debt) is off 15.2% from the peak. Non-revolving debt (auto, furniture, and other loans) is off 1.1% from the peak. Note: Consumer credit does not include real estate debt. This has been very different from previous recessions with the decline in non-revolving debt.

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