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Australia- Retail Sales (Jun./Q2 2021)

The decent rise in real retail sales last quarter is consistent with a further rise in consumption in Q2. But given the lockdowns in Q3, we expect consumption to decline before long.  
Ben Udy Australia and New Zealand Economist
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