June 09, 2021

Consumer credit rises in April

Data flashTotal consumer credit rose 5.3 percent, at a seasonally-adjusted, annualized rate, in April and is up 2.4 percent versus a year ago. Revolving credit, which is primarily credit cards, fell 2.4 percent during the month and is down 5.5 percent compared to April 2020.

Non-revolving credit – primarily auto and education loans – rose 7.6 percent and is up 4.9 percent over the year.

"February and March both saw modest increases in revolving credit, but the new round of stimulus checks at the end of March may have spurred another dose of household deleveraging," said Curt Long, NAFCU's chief economist and vice president of research, in a new Macro Data Flash report. "The outlook is positive, though, as COVID cases are receding, the economy is reopening, and consumer confidence keeps climbing.

"NAFCU expects consumer credit to begin accelerating," Long concluded.

Total consumer credit for credit unions was up 1.6 percent over the month; however, total consumer credit for credit unions is fell 0.1 percent from a year prior. Consumer credit at banks fell 1.2 percent over the year, while financial companies saw a 0.7 percent rise.

Credit unions' share of the market has remain changed at 11.9 percent. Meanwhile, banks' share grew 0.1 percentage points to 39.3 percent, and financial companies' share has risen 0.1 percentage points to 13.6 percent.

For more up-to-date economic updates from NAFCU's award-winning research team, view NAFCU's Macro Data Flash reports.