Possible sign of a ‘hand off’ to private sector credit growth as double digit deficit spending replenishes savings and eases debt service and debt service ratios.

Austerity measures will take a bit off growth at some point but probably not drive it anywhere near negative.

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UK Summer Sales Drive Credit Card Spending

Aug. 13 (Telegraph) — It might be less than a year since
the end of the worst recession since the 1930s but consumers seem
to have already forgotten the lessons of the credit crisis.

Spending on credit and debit cards rose 9.9pc in July as
consumers ignored fears of a double-dip recession and hit the
high street, according to figures from Barclaycard.

The year-on-year increase was achieved as retailers enticed
shoppers with summer discounts.

“If consumer confidence is taking a hit, it’s not happening
on the high street,” said Stuart Neal of Barclaycard. “If
spending remains at this level compared to last year, 2010 could
prove to be a very good year for retailers.”

July was the third month in a row that the annual growth
rate in sales was above 9pc, according to Barclaycard.

The report said that spending last month was 1.9pc higher
than in June, partly reflecting an earlier start to the summer
sales season.

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