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Households' disposable income falls at slower rate

Households’ disposable income declined at a slower rate in July than previous months, but spending remained broadly unchanged.

Markit/YouGov’s Household Finance Index said that the rate of decline in households’ general finances has eased.

It added that although the supply of credit continued to deteriorate it did so at a slower level in July than in previous months, and that households’ pessimism about the coming year had eased.

The index, which tracks month-on-month changes in finances rose from 37.1 in June to 38.5 in July.

Around 31% of respondents to the index survey said that their financial situation had worsened compared to a month ago, with only 8% reporting an improvement. However the rate of deterioration was the slowest since the survey started in February.



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