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TransUnion: National Credit Card Delinquencies End 2011 Nearly 5% Lower Than Last Year

February 22, 2012

CHICAGO, IL, Feb 22, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — The national credit card delinquency rate (the ratio of borrowers 90 or more days past due) reached 0.78% in the fourth quarter of 2011, a drop of almost 5% from the same period one year ago and continuing well below historical norms. Average credit card debt per borrower increased $239 from the same period last year to $5,204, though it too remains near record-low levels. For the quarter, credit card delinquencies and debt both experienced seasonal increases. This information is reported by TransUnion and is part of its ongoing series of quarterly analyses of credit-active U.S. consumers, evaluating how they are managing credit related to mortgages, credit cards and auto loans.

“2011 closed out with the lowest year-end card delinquency rate nationwide since 1995,” said Ezra Becker, vice president of research and consulting in TransUnion’s financial services business unit. “This is the net result of riskier loans having worked their way through the system, cautious risk management strategies on the part of lenders and consumers working to maintain the health and good status of their card relationships.”

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