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Summer spending spree funded by credit cards

Credit card spending is up almost 8% on a year ago, a banking industry group says - a development likely to stoke fears of financial overstretch among households ahead of Brexit.
UK Finance, which represents the major banks, reported that outstanding levels on card borrowing grew by 5.8% last month compared to a year ago though overdraft borrowing was 7.2% lower.It released the figures amid separate data showing a surge in retail sales in July and August as consumers splashed out during the hot summer weather following months of restraint on the high street.The good weather has been credited for propping up UK economic growth since output was damaged in the first quarter of the year by a series of "Beast from the East" cold snaps.A pick-up in gross domestic product since the winter helped the Bank of England raise interest rates again last month - raising borrowing costs in the process.There are now signs that rising fuel and energy prices are putting pressure on inflation and therefore household spending power.
Summer spending spree funded by credit cards

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