Data compiled for the second quarter shows that overall consumer debt, which includes mortgages, grew 7.2 per cent to
Debt also grew 1.8 per cent from the first quarter.
However, the rate of delinquencies fell to its lowest level since the recession began to unfold five years ago.
The national delinquency rate, which tracks bills overdue by 90 days or more, fell by 2.8 per cent, while consumer bankruptcies dropped by five per cent compared with the same time last year.
Albertans are the leaders for new credit demands, the report says, with requests rising for five consecutive quarters.
"Demand for new credit is up, but has slowed significantly versus the first quarter when we saw a spike in credit card activity," says
"Credit card balances of new cardholders continue to increase, while credit limits and new card issuance have slowed."
During the first quarter, the credit monitoring agency noted that more new credit cards were being issued, but with consumers carrying smaller balances.
Malina says the slower increase of demand may be an indication that credit card issuers are starting to wrap up recent promotions to sign new cardholders.
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