UK Consumer Credit 2017: Forecasts and Future Opportunities

UK Consumer Credit 2017: Forecasts and Future Opportunities


Rate of growth in consumer credit gross advances, which picked up in 2015, has slowed and year-end figures for 2017 are expected to show growth of around 4.6%. Growth will remain moderate throughout the rest of the forecast period, meaning that gross advances are expected to total of around £329bn by 2021. On the supply side, high incidences of bad debt, tighter lending criteria, and a cautious approach towards unsecured lending among providers and regulators will check the rate of growth of credit supply over the forecast period.

On the demand side, the slow pace of economic recovery, political uncertainty arising from the Brexit negotiations, low levels of consumer confidence, and weak retail sales- largely due to consumers choosing to withhold spending -will adversely impact consumers’ appetite for lending.

Critical success factors include in this report -

  • Retail finance specialists should identify which retail sectors offer the best opportunities for growth, whether due to rising levels of spending or lack of current finance options. Innovation from fintech companies will soon provide small retailers with new financing options, increasing competition in the market. Hence, they should tailor their propositions to meet the needs of customers.
  • Partnerships with established firms that have a longstanding reputation will help achieve the much needed scale for P2P platforms to compete.
The report UK Consumer Credit 2017: Forecasts and Future Opportunities, offers five-year gross lending forecasts for all major lines of consumer credit up to 2021, along with a detailed examination of the various demand- and supply-side factors that will determine the market outlook.

Moreover, these report offers insight into -
  • The key macroeconomic, regulatory, and other factors that will drive the demand for, and supply of, consumer credit over the next five years.
  • The outlook for total consumer credit including overdrafts, P2P, motor finance, payday lending, home credit, credit cards, and retail finance.
Companies mentioned in this report: TSB, RBS, Lloyds Bank, Provident Financial, Wonga, Money Shop, Dollar Financial, QuickQuidCashEuroNet, Zopa

  • Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending will see double-digit growth up to 2021. The sector will continue to enjoy rapid expansion due to increased consumer awareness and partnerships with other related sectors.
  • The motor finance boom has started to decline, with growth falling to a lower level of 3.4% in 2017. New car sales are falling, and the excess of vehicles that will enter the used car market over the next few years will drive down prices. Both trends will dampen demand for credit.
  • Payday lending has been severely curtailed by tougher regulation, including strict price caps and comprehensive affordability checks. These measures have significantly reduced the supply of credit and will depress gross lending.
Reasons to buy
  • Develop more targeted strategies through the analysis of key market developments.
  • Inform your future plans with our five-year forecast of gross advances for all credit lines.
  • Analyze trends with details of historic gross advances across a range of credit lines
  • Benchmark yourself against competitors and ensure you remain competitive as new innovations begin to enter the market.
  • Be prepared for how regulation will impact the consumer credit market over the next few years.
  • List companies, categories, geographies and target audiences covered in the report.

1.1. The state of the UK consumer credit market 2
1.2. Prospects for niche sectors 2
1.3. Critical success factors 2
2.1. Gross advances are estimated to reach £329.5bn by 2021 7
2.2. Consumer credit supply is expected to contract further 8
2.2.1. Credit availability is set to slow as supply tightens 8
2.2.2. The quality of new credit has worsened further over the last 12 months 9
2.2.3. Quarterly write-offs on credit card and other unsecured debt have declined following a spike in Q3 2016 10
2.2.4. The PRA is implementing a more stringent regulatory regime 12
2.2.5. New techniques in credit assessment have the potential to reduce risk 13
2.3. Consumer demand for unsecured credit will be impacted 14
2.3.1. Credit providers reported a slump in demand for unsecured credit in Q4 2017 14
2.3.2. Low consumer confidence will limit demand for borrowing 15
2.3.3. Retail sales declined, with increased prices squeezing consumer spending 16
2.3.4. Tighter lending criteria and affordable personal loans are underpinning demand for credit 17
3.1. P2P lending will be the biggest contributor to growth 18
3.2. Strong credit card lending growth will be driven by online and mobile commerce and consumer spending 19
3.3. Motor finance is set for a period of more conservative growth 21
3.4. Overdraft usage will continue to stagnate 22
3.5. Retail finance will witness steady growth over the next few years 23
3.6. Home credit lending will be effectively static over the forecast period 25
3.7. Payday lending will achieve equilibrium over the next few years 26
3.8. P2P lending is set to enjoy substantial growth 28
5.1. Abbreviations and acronyms 30
5.2. Definitions 30
5.2.1. Gross advances 30
5.2.2. Balances outstanding 30
5.2.3. Home credit 30
5.2.4. Payday loan 31
5.3. Methodology 31
5.3.1. Future Sentiment Index 31
5.4. Bibliography 32
5.5. Further reading 33
List of Tables
Table 1: Consumer credit forecasts by product line (£m), 2017-21f
List of Figures
Figure 1: Unsecured gross advances are expected to record a CAGR of 5% over the forecast period 7
Figure 2: Credit availability has deteriorated since the beginning of 2017 9
Figure 3: Relaxed credit scoring criteria have contributed to worsening credit quality 10
Figure 4: Credit card debt write-offs rose sharply in Q3 2016 11
Figure 5: The proportion of lenders reporting an increase in default rates grew throughout 2017 12
Figure 6: Lenders are reporting a decline in consumer demand for credit 14
Figure 7: Consumer confidence was low throughout 2017 15
Figure 8: Retail sales are not showing any signs of recovery at present 16
Figure 9: The cost of borrowing has fallen in recent years 17
Figure 10: Consumer credit gross advances will amount to £284bn in 2018 18
Figure 11: Credit card gross advances will be driven by more frequent card usage 20
Figure 12: Growth in motor finance is set to slow over the forecast period 22
Figure 13: Competition and regulatory pressure will weigh on overdraft usage 23
Figure 14: Online growth will support retail finance over the next few years 24
Figure 15: Home credit offers very limited prospects for growth with a CAGR of 2% from 2017-21 26
Figure 16: Payday lending will stabilize at a much reduced level 27
Figure 17: P2P lending will develop considerably and grow at a CAGR of 15.8% between 2017-21

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