Sunday, 8 April 2007

Housing market continues to fuel UK consumption

Consumers in the UK are continue to use their homes as ATM machines. The Bank of England reported that during the final quarter of 2006 mortgage-equity withdrawal rose to £14.6 billion. That is almost 7 percent of posttax income. In only two quarters, in late 2003 and early 2004, has equity withdrawal been higher in cash terms.

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