After last month the Fed reported that in June revolving, i.e. credit card, credit unexpectedly soared by $7.7 billion, the second highest monthly increase since the financial crisis, many were popping the champagne, ready to celebrate the return of the consumer’s “animal spirits” who were out and about, and most importantly, charging it. One month later, we find that the June revolving credit spike was even higher, rising by $9.2 billion following today’s revision. However, as a result, the July consumer credit grew by just $2.8 billion to start the third quarter, the smallest amount since February, suggesting that the prior month’s spike may have been a one-time fluke.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 8, 2016.