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June Debt

Consumer revolving credit continued its upward push in June as Americans tacked on $5.5 billion in net new debt, mostly credit card debt, after adding $6.1 billion in the prior month. Revolving consumer credit has now reached a record $968.4 billion and is growing by 6.8% per annum. Based on revised figures, revolving debt rose by 7.6% in May after growing by a mere 0.3% in April. According to data released by the Federal Reserve, total revolving credit has expanded by $66.2 billion over the past twelve months. Bank credit card debt (excluding store and gas credit cards) at the end of the second quarter was about $825 billion or roughly 85% of total revolving credit, according to CardData (“” Store and gas credit cards had about $109 billion in outstandings at year-end 2007. At the end of June, Americans were $2586 billion in debt, excluding home mortgages.

               REVOLVING CREDIT HISTORICAL ($billions)
             Jun 08  May 08   Apr 08   Mar 08   Feb 08   Jan 08
    GRWTH:    6.8%    7.6      0.3     7.4      5.3      7.1
    $OWED:   $968.4  962.9    956.8   956.6    950.7     947.0
           Source: Federal Reserve; revised figures as of 8/7/08;
       For complete historical data, visit CardData (

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