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Consumer Credit Demand flat despite growth in Personal Loans and Buy Now, Pay Later
16th May 2022

Mortgage demand fell -4.6% in Q1 2022, marking the first decline in more than two years according to the latest Equifax Quarterly Consumer Credit Demand Index (Mar 2022).

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Rising rates of insolvency in the construction industry are putting significant pressure on sole traders and small business owners in the sector, according to new data from Equifax, the global data, analytics and technology company.

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Equifax has signed an agreement with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to receive commercial tax default data, with the intention of displaying this information in its commercial credit reports. The inclusion of commercial tax default data in Equifax reports will provide customers with actionable data during the credit application process that was previously not available, allowing them to evaluate risk more accurately.

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Identity crime costs Australia an estimated $36 billion each year, with one in four Australians falling victim to identity or cybercrime in their lifetime according to the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC). Equifax, the global data, analytics and technology company, today announced the launch of its Employee Protect product, designed to help Australian businesses keep their employees safe from identity theft and cybercrime.

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Strong personal loan growth constrained by decreased demand for BNPL, credit cards and auto loans. Consumer credit demand eased in Q4 2021, as factors including supply chain issues and a resurgence in COVID cases impacted consumer spending behaviour.

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Business credit demand bounced back from Delta lockdowns in Q4 2021, with business loan applications driving a third straight quarter of growth. Despite the overall upward trend, however, the pace of growth has eased in recent months, and the spike in Omicron cases has cast a shadow on the prospect of continued commercial credit growth into Q1 2022. 

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Increasingly sophisticated cybercrime threats in Australia are encouraging organisations to evolve their security culture, reporting structures and level of preparedness, according to a new Red Paper released today by global data, analytics and technology company Equifax.

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Consumer credit demand set to shake off lingering impacts of COVID

Consumer credit demand continues its upward trajectory in Q3 2021, with early indications of further recovery in the coming months. Data from the first week of NSW reopening after 15-weeks in lockdown shows a jump in demand for auto loans (+33.0%), mortgages (+15.0%) and personal loans (+10.0%) compared to the previous week in lockdown.

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Equifax Quarterly Business Credit Demand Index: Sept 2021

The recovery in business credit demand eased in Q3 2021, but recovery may be imminent as states make their way out of lockdown. Data from the first four days of NSW reopening after 15-weeks in lockdown shows a jump in demand across all categories of credit. Asset finance enquiries rose by +25.1%, trade credit by +15.5% and business loans by +2.5% in the week of 11-14 October compared to the previous week in lockdown.

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Australian Credit Managers have optimistic outlook on the future

Equifax celebrates ten years with the release of the National Credit Managers Survey 2021 results

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Australian Business Awards Announced

Equifax has been recognised as an ABA100 Winner in The Australian Business Awards 2021 for Product Innovation and New Product Innovation for Equifax One Score.

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