The number of mortgages approved in the U.K. in July 2008 fell by 71% year over year to 33,000 loans from 114,000 in July 2007, according to the Bank of England.

The approvals figure is a record low and is 6% down versus the revised June 2008 approval figures, which reached 35,000. The cumulative fall for the January to July period was down by 54.8% compared to the same period in 2007.

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