By Neil Halligan
Premium card users constitutes around 70% of total credit billed volume
Last year saw a double digit increase in outstanding credit card bills in the UAE, according to a new report by consultancy firm the Lafferty Group.
The country’s improving economic environment contributed to a 21 percent increase in consumer credit outstandings during 2013.
Improved customer confidence, growth in borrowing capacity and more relaxed consumer credit policies also contributed to the significant increase in consumer credit, the report said.
Billed volume per credit card has been growing in the UAE as a result of the growing proportion of premium customers in the credit card base. Although premium card customers comprise between 25 to 30 percent of the total customer base, their spending constitutes around 70 percent of total credit card billed volume in the UAE.
“Customers across all the different segments grew their credit cards billed volume. However, the increase in credit cards billed volume across the affluent segment was most marked,” said Phathisani Khumalo, deputy head of research at Lafferty.
“As a result credit loss rates continued to edge down during 2013, primarily due to the growing proportion of premium card spend.
“Such a trend will be acceptable to issuers, if managed correctly, as they attempt to grow credit card receivables and improve yields on their card portfolio.”For all the latest banking and finance news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.