Overall consumer credit demand dropped, led by a decline in credit card applications, offset by a slight growth in personal loans.
- Overall consumer credit applications fell -4.0% (vs September qtr 2017)
- Credit card applications dropped -11.5% (vs September qtr 2017)
- Personal loan applications rose, up by +2.6% (vs September qtr 2017)
- Mortgage applications fell by -10.9% (vs September qtr 2017), now the sixth quarter of decline
Consumer Credit Demand Index by Equifax, September Quarter 2018
Historically, movements in Equifax mortgage application demand data has led movements in house prices by around six to nine months. Mortgage applications are not part of the Consumer Credit Demand Index, but are a good indicator of home buyer demand, and an excellent indicator of housing turnover.
Note to Editors
The Quarterly Consumer Credit Demand Index by Equifax measures the volume of credit card and personal loan applications that go through the Consumer Credit Bureau by financial services credit providers in Australia. Credit applications represent an intention by consumers to acquire credit and in turn spend; therefore, the index is a lead indicator. This differs to other market measures published by the RBA which measure credit provided by financial institutions (i.e. balances outstanding).
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