How the deteriorating credit health affects South Africa’s retail sector

TransUnion’s Consumer Credit Index has declined to 43.6% in the second quarter of 2013 from 43.8% in the first quarter of the year. TransUnion, which is an international leader in credit and information management, says that this drop in the Consumer Credit Index (CCI) reflects a deteriorating consumer credit health. According to TransUnion, “Credit Health” refers to the ability of consumers to service existing credit obligations within the constraints of monthly household budgets.

retail“The fall in the CCI reflects escalating consumer loan impairments and sustained growth in distressed borrowing, both indicators of rising household financial stress,” explained TransUnion in a statement to the press.

What is the Consumer Credit Index?

The CCI is a unique indicator of consumer credit health based on a 100-point scale. Deterioration in credit health is represented by an index below 50.0 and an index above 50.0 indicates improving credit health.

“Consumer credit health has now been deteriorating for four straight quarters and the risk of deterioration in the credit cycle has risen materially,” commented TransUnion Africa President, Geoff Muller.

“Credit-sensitive retail sectors need to become increasingly vigilant to the risks this trend poses to their business,” said Muller.

How pbVerify can help

pbVerify, an innovative web service, is already helping many companies in the credit-sensitive retail sector. Our consumer tracing, credit check, ID verification and business credit check tools make it quick, affordable and easy to do the thorough research that is needed before taking on new clients.

“In a tough global economy, it becomes even more important for retailers to mitigate risks. A deteriorating consumer credit health – while not permanent – shows that companies need to be more vigilant with regards to issuing credit and making sure they’re on top of all consumer repayments,” says Leon van der Merwe, Business Development Manager and Anti-Fraud specialist at pbVerify.

If you want to find out how pbVerify can help your business mitigate risks, contact us today. We’ll give you a demonstration on how our system is helping hundreds of other South African businesses.

 

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