Consumers Take Control Of Their Finances With Careful Debt Management

19 February 2013

New analysis from Sainsbury’s Bank Loans reveals that an estimated 164,000 consumers collectively took out £1.6 billion in personal loans in the first quarter of 2012 in order to consolidate existing debts(1).

Figures from the British Bankers Association suggest that this careful management of debts is having a positive impact. Its figures reveal that consumers made significant headway into reducing their debt in 2012, with overall loans outstanding falling by 12.6%(3).

The supermarket bank’s figures(1) reveal that the average amount borrowed for debt consolidation remains consistent , at around £9,800. Its findings also indicate that, year-on-year there has been a slight increase of around 7,000 people taking out a loan for this purpose. Around a third (35.2%) of the total value of personal loans taken out during the first three months of 2012 was used to consolidate debts compared with 33.6% in 2011(4).

Steven Baillie, Head of Loans at Sainsbury’s Bank, said: “Our findings suggest that people are working hard to pay down their debts and reducing the cost of any debt is one way to make this easier. We’d urge those looking to consolidate debts, either from store cards or credit cards or other loans, to make sure they really shop around for the best loan rate as they could save a great deal.

“The difference in saving between borrowing £10,000 over three years at a market leading rate of 5.1% APR Representative, which is our lowest ever rate, and a mid-market 6.7% could be as much as £246.96 over the lifetime of the loan(5).

“Some providers like ourselves also offer shopper rewards so it’s wise to consider if this is something that you will benefit from.”

Sainsbury’s Bank offers loans between £1,000 and £25,000 to meet a wide range of needs. In addition to competitive rates, customers taking out a Sainsbury’s Bank loan also benefit from:
 A personally tailored repayment period, from 1 to 7 years
 Fixed repayments for the whole period of the loan
 Easy to apply
 Money transferred directly into your bank account

For further information on Sainsbury’s Bank Loans call 0800 169 8502, log onto  or pick up a leaflet in Sainsbury’s.


For further information, please contact:
Tom Wilson, Citigate Dewe Rogerson on 0207 282 2842
Lorna Gilmour, Sainsbury’s Bank on 0131 338 2863

Notes to editors:
(1) Based on analysis of Sainsbury’s Bank loans approved in Q1 2012. Estimates for the whole market made by using this data in conjunction with the bank’s market share.
(2) The MoneySupermarket Supers recognise the banks and building societies that shone in 2012.
The judging process evaluates product range and popularity, appearance in national press best buy tables, terms and conditions, product innovation and customer service. The customer service element on the award is based on a survey completed by MoneySupermarket customers. January 2012.
(3) Sainsbury’s Bank analysis of BBA data – – total loans outstanding in Dec 2011 compared with Dec 2012.
(4) Based on analysis of Sainsbury’s Bank loans approved in Q1 2011. Estimates for the whole market made by using this data in conjunction with the bank’s market share.
(5) Calculation based on taking a Sainsbury’s Bank loan – 5.1% Representative rate for £10k at 3 years – compared with a mid market 6.7% Representative rate – Total repayment £11,034 vs £10,787 – lifetime of loan saving of £246.96

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In 2012, Sainsbury’s Bank was awarded ‘Best Term Assurance Provider Direct’ – Moneyfacts Investment Life & Pensions; ‘Best Personal Loan Provider’ – Consumer Moneyfacts; ‘Best Low Rate Credit Card Provider’ – Moneynet; ‘Best Credit Card for use abroad (Gold)’ – Moneynet; ‘Best Loan Provider’ – Moneysupermarket Supers; ‘Pet Insurance Intelligent Choice, Customer Satisfaction’ – Consumer Intelligence; ‘Best Personal Loan Provider’ – Moneyfacts; ‘Best Direct Personal Loan Provider’ – Your Money Direct; ‘Best Online Pet Insurance Provider’ – Your Money Direct; ‘Best Loans Rate’ – Moneynet.

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