Friday, November 06, 2009

Consumer Credit Declines Sharply in September

by Calculated Risk on 11/06/2009 03:00:00 PM

From MarketWatch: Consumer debt drops for record 8th straight month

Outstanding consumer debt fell at a 7.2% annual rate in September, the eighth consecutive decline, the Federal Reserve reported Friday.
Consumer Credit Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This graph shows the year-over-year (YoY) change in consumer credit. Consumer credit is off 4.7% over the last 12 months - and falling fast. The previous record YoY decline was 1.9% in 1991.

Here is the Fed report: Consumer Credit
Consumer credit decreased at an annual rate of 6 percent in the third quarter of 2009. Revolving credit decreased at an annual rate of 10 percent, and nonrevolving credit decreased at an annual rate of 3-3/4 percent. In September, consumer credit decreased at an annual rate of 7-1/4 percent.
Note: The Fed reports a simple annual rate (multiplies change in month by 12) as opposed to a compounded annual rate. Consumer credit does not include real estate debt.