Sainsbury's leaps to top of Best Rate loans tableTwo-horse loan race between Tesco and Sainsbury's

30 December 2010

Sainsbury's Finance

Sainsbury's Bank has cut the rate on personal loans between £7,499 and £14,999, edging ahead of Tesco Finance on the Which? Best Rate personal loans table.

A £10,000 personal loan repaid over five years will cost you 7.7% APR with Sainsbury's (if you hold a a Nectar card) and 7.8% with Tesco, both market-leading deals.

  • UPDATE 31 December: Tesco has reacted to Sainsbury's loan rate cut by reducing its own APR on loans of £7,500 to £14,999 to just 7.6%, taking it back to the top of the Which? Best Rate loans table.

Alternatives to personal loans

Which? Principal Researcher Martyn Saville commented: 'Once again, the supermarkets are setting the standards for unsecured personal loans.

'If you're planning to borrow smaller amounts, it's worth considering the alternatives, including credit cards, in-store interest-free credit, credit unions or peer-to-peer lending sites such as Zopa.'

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