20 Apr 2011

More care seen over taking on debt

6:26 am on 20 April 2011

The Veda Advantage credit bureau says demand for credit is on the rise, but consumers are being careful about taking on debt.

An online survey conducted last month for Dun & Bradstreet, found 34% of people expect to use their credit card to pay for unaffordable expenses in the next three months.

That figure rises to 56% in Christchurch - but only 14% of respondents there expect to have difficulties making repayments.

Veda Advantage managing director John Roberts says the key group turning back to credit is the baby boomers - who seem to have delayed making major purchases since the global financial crisis.

Reserve Bank figures show total credit card debt was almost $5.5 billion in February.