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July Debt

Believe it or not, American consumers could be up to their eyeballs in $1 trillion of revolving debt by the end of this year. Consumer revolving credit continued its upward push in July as Americans tacked on nearly $4 billion in net new debt, mostly credit card debt, after adding about $3 billion in the prior month. Revolving consumer credit has now reached a record $969.9 billion and is growing by 4.8% per annum. Based on revised figures, revolving debt rose by 3.5% in June after growing by 7.1% in May. According to data released by the Federal Reserve, total revolving credit has expanded by about $70 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 (www.carddata.com). Store and gas credit cards had about $109 billion in outstandings at year-end 2007. At the end of July, Americans were $2587 billion in debt, excluding home mortgages.

               REVOLVING CREDIT HISTORICAL ($billions)
             Jul 08   Jun 08  May 08   Apr 08   Mar 08   Feb 08
    GRWTH:    4.8%     3.5     7.1      0.3      7.7      5.3
    $OWED:   $969.9   966.0   963.2    956.8    957.5    950.7
           Source: Federal Reserve; revised figures as of 9/8/08;
       For complete historical data, visit CardData (www.carddata.com)

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