More indebted then US households?

I guess this just goes to show that it could always be worse. From the Telegraph (h/t Calculated Risk)…..

British households are now more indebted than those of any other major country in recorded history, it has emerged.

Families in the UK now owe a record 173pc of their incomes in debts, official figures have shown. The ratio of debt to income is higher than any other country in the Group of Seven leading industrialised economies, and is sharply higher than the 129pc of incomes it was five years ago.

The figures, published by the Office for National Statistics as part of its National Accounts, underline the scale of the coming slowdown facing the UK, economists warned yesterday.

Michael Saunders of Citigroup warned that – at 173pc of household incomes – the debt burden is higher even than Japan’s when it peaked in 1990, before more than a decade of deflation.

“Not only are we the highest in the G7, we are the highest a G7 country has ever seen,” he said.

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