Credit cards push US consumer borrowing up 148 billion in December

In this Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 photo, people check out the Tesla model S at the Tesla showroom at the the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif. The Federal Reserve releases its December report on consumer borrowing on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel) Credit cards push US consumer borrowing up $14.8 billion in December by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2015 1:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Consumers increased their borrowing in December, with the category that includes credit cards rising at the fastest pace in eight months. That could be an indication that consumer spending will strengthen as strong jobs gains give shoppers more confidence about taking on debt.The Federal Reserve says that consumer borrowing rose by $14.8 billion in December, an acceleration from November when borrowing had increased by $13.5 billion. The increase pushed consumer debt to a record $3.31 trillion in December.The December rise included a $5.8 billion jump in the category that includes credit cards, marking the biggest gain since April.Consumer borrowing in the category that includes auto loans and student loans also rose in December, climbing $9 billion after a $14.4 billion increase in November.