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April Sees Further Growth in Consumer Finance

June 6, 2014



LONDON, June 6 -- The Finance and Leasing Association issued the following news release:

Figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that new business grew by 7% in April 2014, compared with the same month last year. Credit card finance and personal loans grew by 3% in the same period, as did retail store and online credit.

The second charge mortgage market in April reported the value of new business up by 21%, although the number of new contracts fell slightly, by 2% compared with the same month in 2013.

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

"Growth rates in April across the main consumer finance sectors were more modest than in recent months. Nevertheless, FLA members' share of the UK consumer credit market increased to 33.5% in the twelve months to April, up from 33.4% in March.

"April 2014 also saw a big change to the way in which consumer credit is regulated in the UK, with the introduction of the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) new supervisory regime."

See table here (http://www.fla.org.uk/media/April2014consumer)

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