Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Consumer Credit Continued Strong Growth in November

Consumer credit continued its recent surge in November, rising $16 billion over the previous month’s level. As has been the case for some time, the majority of the growth in consumer credit is driven by gains in non-revolving credit. Consumer credit has now gained more than $10 billion per month for the past four months, after a surprise decline in July.

The gains in revolving credit were relatively modest, gaining $800 million over the month. Revolving credit has been up and down throughout 2012, rising in six and falling in five of the months.

Non-revolving credit continues to drive overall growth, rising 10.1% in November ($15.2 billion). November marks the 15th consecutive gain for non-revolvoing balances. Non-revolving debt growth has been driven primarily by growth in student loans, accounting for 62% of the growth in non-revolving credit on a non-seasonally adjusted basis.

Read the Fed release.

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