Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)


Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)


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Tesco launched its personal finance range in 1997 with three products. Since then the number has grown to 16, including travel policies and life cover, a mortgage, loans and credit cards.


Loans: The typical interest rate is 6.5pc on personal loans between pounds 7,500 and pounds 25,000 for online applications, rising to 7.6pc for sums under pounds 7,500.

On a pounds 5,000 loan with payment protection over three years at 7.6pc the monthly repayment would be pounds 172.99.

Direct Line charges 5.9pc APR on the same amount ( pounds 167 a month with payment protection ( and Nationwide, currently charging 6.7pc, would cost pounds 167.06.

Lloyds TSB charges 8.9pc for the same amount, a monthly repayment of pounds 179.19, NatWest 10.1pc (pounds 186.34), HSBC 13.9pc (pounds 197.02) and Barclays 14.9pc (pounds 199.78).

Credit Card: The Tesco credit card has a typical interest rate of 15.9pc, with a 0pc interest period until November 1, 2005 on purchases and balance transfers. …

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