COVID-19 Has Resulted in a Decline in Financial Wellbeing - Rising Bills and Debt are Increasing Concerns

COVID-19 Has Resulted in a Decline in Financial Wellbeing - Rising Bills and Debt are Increasing Concerns

PR Newswire

STOCKHOLM, June 9, 2020

STOCKHOLM, June 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Intrum publishes a whitepaper that outlines the financial impact of COVID-19 on private households across 24 European countries. The whitepaper provides an initial follow-up on the trends in increased economic pressure and decreased financial wellbeing reported in Intrum's European Consumer Payment Report 2019*.

The key findings from the whitepaper display additional financial challenges faced by private households in Europe. As expected, a general increase in financial stress is reported. However, one in three respondents say that the pandemic is having a positive effect on their financial spending.

"As the world struggles with the immediate health issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the disruption of economies across Europe is having a severe impact on consumer finances, businesses, and society in general. However, an increase in overall financial awareness and opportunities to change financial spending and thus increase savings, is allowing many European consumers to overcome these uncertain times in a somewhat positive way," says Mikael Ericson, President & CEO of Intrum. 

Decline in financial wellbeing across Europe:

Decrease in income raise concerns of bills and debt:

Savings hit hard - face uncertain future:

"As expected, we see this foremost among vulnerable households with smallest financial margins, like young families but also millennials. The decline in financial wellbeing, rising bills and increasing debts are increasing concerns. To be able to challenge this trend, increased financial literacy among Europeans needs to be addressed even further," says Ericson.

Download the report here:

The full whitepaper will be available on June 9th here:

About the survey:

Intrum interviewed 4,800 consumers in 24 European countries in May 2020. Respondents were selected according to  age and gender criteria to ensure representative samples based on national census data from each market.

*About Intrum European Consumer Payment Report 2019: Intrum has gathered data from 24,004 consumers in 24 European countries to gain insights into European consumers' everyday lives, including their spending and ability to manage their household finances on a monthly basis. Intrum is speaking to 250 000 indebted consumers around Europe every day.

For further information, please contact:

Niclas Strahner,
PR and Media Relations Director
Tel: +46-73-425-88-90

Anna Fall
Chief Brand & Communication Officer
Tel: +46-70-996-98-21

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The following files are available for download:

Intrum ECPR 2020 Special Edition White Paper

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