UK Mortgage Approvals Rebound After 19 Month Low

British banks approved more mortgages last month after the number of approvals fell to a 19-month low in August, while consumer lending grew at its fastest rate in nearly a decade, industry figures showed on Wednesday.

The British Bankers’ Association said its members approved 38,252 mortgages for house purchase in September, down 15 percent on a year earlier but up from 37,241 in August, which was the lowest level since January 2015.

“Mortgage approvals picked up slightly this month but the housing market continues to shows signs of underlying weakness,” BBA chief economist Rebecca Harding said.


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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Market Analyst, UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary. His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
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