consumer credit


consumer credit

noun

Definition of CONSUMER CREDIT

:  credit granted to an individual especially to finance the purchase of consumer goods or to defray personal expenses

First Known Use of CONSUMER CREDIT

1927

consumer credit

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Short- and intermediate-term loans used to finance the purchase of commodities or services for personal consumption. The loans may be supplied by lenders in the form of cash loans or by sellers in the form of sales credit. Installment loans, such as automobile loans and credit-card purchases, are paid back in two or more payments; noninstallment loans, such as the service credit extended by utility companies, are paid back in a lump sum. Consumer loans usually carry a higher rate of interest than business loans. See also credit.

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