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Financial News: U.S. Consumer Credit Rises Less Than Expected In

U.S. Consumer Credit Rises Less Than Expected In March

05/07/2019 - 15:20:00 (RTTNews)

(RTTNews) - With a modest drop in revolving credit partly offsetting an increase in non-revolving credit, the Federal Reserve released a report on Tuesday showing U.S. consumer credit rose by less than expected in the month of March.

The Fed said consumer credit rose by $10.3 billion in March after climbing by an upwardly revised $15.4 billion in February. Economists had expected consumer credit to increase by $16.0 billion.

Non-revolving credit such as student loans and car loans climbed by $12.4 billion in March, matching the increase seen in the previous month.

Meanwhile, the report said revolving credit, which largely reflects credit card debt, edged down by $2.2 billion in March after rising by $3.1 billion in February.

Compared to the same month a year ago, consumer credit in March was up by 3.1 percent, as non-revolving credit jump by 5.0 percent but revolving credit tumbled by 2.5 percent.

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