The trend of U.S. credit cardholders putting credit card payments ahead of mortgage payments that began in early 2008 shows no sign of abating in the immediate future even as the economy gradually improves, TransUnion analysts said.

Despite a recent uptick in credit-card delinquency rates, the proportion of consumers falling behind on monthly credit card payments remains at near-record lows across the U.S., according to credit-bureau data TransUnion analyzed.

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