Given these weaker flows over recent months the annual growth rate of consumer credit has continued to slow. It was at 6.5% in January, well below its peak of 10.9% in November 2016. Within this, the growth rate of credit card lending fell to 6.7%, whilst the rate of other loans and advances was at 6.4%.
Mortgage lending (Tables D and E):
Mortgage market activity continues to be broadly stable, as it has since 2016. Net mortgage borrowing by households fell slightly on the month to £3.7 billion, but was slightly below the £3.9 billion average of the past six months. Mortgage approvals for house purchase (an indicator of future lending) increased in January to 66,800, slightly above the average of the previous six months of 65,500. Approvals for remortgaging ticked-up to 50,400, marginally higher that the recent average of 48,900.