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Barclays says lending to be hit by declining confidence

Barclays is warning that consumer confidence in the housing market will continue to fall unless there is a further reduction in interest rates.


The lender says that consumer confidence is an accurate predictor of market trends and it should lead to more subdued lending in coming months.


It also says that the 16 per cent rise in lending over the third quarter shown in its latest research should be viewed with caution, as it is the direct result of people re-mortgaging and buying attractive fixed-rate products currently on offer.

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