LONDON, April 3 Britain's financial watchdog
said it would launch a competition review into the 150 billion
pound ($250 billion) credit card market to assess if people in
financial trouble are being treated fairly.
The Financial Conduct Authority said on Thursday 30 million
Britons hold at least one credit card and it would explore
whether competition in this market was working effectively for
consumers, especially those in difficult financial situations.
It said it would launch the review at the end of this year.
The FCA said recent research showed 9 million Britons were
considered to be in serious debt and that a considerable number
of people, "survival borrowers", often feel they have no option
but to borrow money, through a payday loan or using a credit
card, to help pay their bills.
($1 = 0.6012 British Pounds)
(Reporting by Steve Slater; Editing by Huw Jones)