High Street Banking

Trends in deposits and finance for UK households (mortgages, cards, personal loans and overdrafts) and for businesses.

25th May 2017 Back to top
  • April 2017 figures for the high street banks

    Eric Leenders, BBA Managing Director for Retail Banking said:

    “As the Spring sunshine picked up in April, so did consumer spending. Annual growth in consumer borrowing from the main high street banks** grew due to increased customer use of credit cards. This was also reflected by an uplift in retail sales volumes, particularly among food retailers over the Easter period.

    House purchase approvals were largely in line with last year’s average, though remortgaging approvals have dipped slightly in recent months despite historically low interest rates.

    Business lending in April was fairly flat possibly reflecting the current uncertain climate.”

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28th Apr 2017 Back to top
  • March 2017 figures for the high street banks

    Eric Leenders, BBA Managing Director for Retail Banking said:

    “In March, annual growth in consumer borrowing from the main high street banks* slowed, perhaps mirroring the dip seen in retail sales volumes as price rises appear to have started biting into consumers’ spending.

    House purchase approvals were largely in line with last year’s average, broadly reflecting a steady housing market.

    Business lending increased in March across a number of sectors including construction, manufacturing, retail and wholesale, and utilities.”

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24th Mar 2017 Back to top
  • February 2017 figures for the high street banks

    Eric Leenders, BBA Managing Director for Retail Banking said:

    “Elevated approval volumes for house purchases and re-mortgaging experienced during the winter months fell back in February, to average levels seen throughout most of last year. Consumers’ use of credit cards and personal loans reflect last month’s increased spending figures.

    “Businesses continue to exercise a cautious approach to borrowing, using cash reserves and alternative lending sources to finance their operations.”

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24th Feb 2017 Back to top
  • January 2017 figures for the high street banks

    Eric Leenders, BBA Managing Director for Retail Banking said:

    “The new year saw homeowners make the most of historically low interest rates by taking advantage of competitive re-mortgage offers. Nearly 29, 000 of these deals were approved last month – 16% higher than January last year.”

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26th Jan 2017 Back to top
  • December 2016 figures for the high street banks

    Dr Rebecca Harding, BBA Chief Economist, said:

    “Overall, we’ve seen high levels of consumer and business borrowing, although there are early indications that 2017 could see softer demand for credit from business and households, as they anticipate future interest rate rises and wait for further clarity on Brexit.

    “Consumer credit continued to be strong in December despite weaker retail sales.

    “Re-mortgaging approvals were 30% higher than December 2015, reflecting borrowers’ desire to “lock in” lower interest rates ahead of potential rise later this year.

    “However, reduced demand for business borrowing may signal plans for investment are being deferred or funded through retained earnings until there is more certainty on the UK’s economic prospects after Brexit.”

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28th Dec 2016 Back to top
  • November 2016 figures for the high street banks

    Dr Rebecca Harding, BBA Chief Economist, said:

    “Consumer credit growth continues to be strong, despite falling back a little in November, reflecting strong retail sales in recent months.

    “The reduction in interest rates in August may have boosted remortgaging approvals, with consumers looking to take advantage of the current economic conditions and lock-in lower interest rates.

    “A corollary of a low interest rate environment is a growth in deposits and we’ve seen personal deposits, in particular, grow more strongly in recent months as consumers hoard cash in the absence of higher-yielding, liquid investment opportunities. This growth in personal deposits may also suggest that consumers are looking to grow their cash reserves against potential economic uncertainties, such as an expectation of lower wage growth.”

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24th Nov 2016 Back to top
  • October 2016 figures for the high street banks

    Dr Rebecca Harding, BBA Chief Economist, said:

    “Consumer credit is now growing at its fastest rate since November 2006, reflecting strong retail sales growth. Consumer confidence remains robust as borrowers take advantage of record low interest rates.

    “Mortgage approvals ticked up a little October.  There has only been a relatively modest increase in activity since the Bank of England cut rates in August.

    “Finally, there was a slight increase in business borrowing in October but this was driven by a one-off factor and will probably unwind next month. However, businesses are increasingly going back to capital markets as a means to raise funding. They also continue to hold cash deposits, suggesting that they are building up cash reserves for ready access to resources should the need arise.”

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26th Oct 2016 Back to top
  • September 2016 figures for the high street banks

    Dr Rebecca Harding, BBA Chief Economist, said:

    “Consumer credit is growing at its fastest rate since December 2006, driven by strong demand for personal loans and credit cards. Consumers are increasingly using short-term borrowing to take advantage of record low interest rates. This trend has accelerated since the Bank of England cut rates in August.

    “Mortgage approvals picked up slightly this month but the housing market continues to shows signs of underlying weakness. Both house purchase and remortgaging approvals are down on the corresponding figures for 2015.

    “Business borrowing decreased slightly again in September, which may be in part down to uncertainty following the EU referendum. There is a longer time lag behind corporate investment decisions so it may take longer for the effect of the interest rate cut to filter through to such borrowing.”

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  • July 2016 figures for the high street banks

    Dr Rebecca Harding, BBA Chief Economist, said:

    “This month’s BBA High Street Banking statistics are the first set of borrowing figures gathered since the EU referendum. The data does not currently suggest borrowing patterns have been significantly affected by the Brexit vote, but it is still early days. Many borrowing decisions will also have been taken before the referendum vote.”

    “We are also clearly still a nation of shoppers and the Brexit vote has done nothing to change the fact that we use credit cards for short-term purchases. Strong retail sales figures appear closely associated with strong consumer credit growth.”

    “Businesses also appear to be borrowing as usual: the upward trend that characterised the first few months of this year is continuing. June’s data looks like a blip, probably caused by pre-Brexit nervousness. But it is too early to tell how the data over the next few months will reflect the result of the decision to leave the EU.”

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