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The unusual two-tier consumer economy

8 April 2015

Commenting on the latest Bank of England Credit Conditions Survey, Ian Stewart, chief economist at Deloitte, the business advisory firm, said:

“Weak supply of, and demand for, mortgage credit is acting as a brake on housing activity. Mortgage supply remains under pressure and, in the last three quarters, consumer demand for mortgages has fallen at the fastest rate since the crash in 2008.

“This has created an unusual two-tier consumer economy. On the one hand, housing activity has been crimped by tighter mortgage regulation and concerns about affordability. Meanwhile, falling unemployment and a recovery in consumer spending power has boosted consumer spirits and is helping drive a recovery in consumer spending.”


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