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Australia - Omicron will add to upward pressure on inflation

The Omicron variant will probably result in a stagnation in consumption this quarter. However, by worsening supply shortages it will only add to the upward pressure on inflation. The upshot is that it won’t necessarily prevent the RBA from ending QE in February as we anticipate.
Marcel Thieliant Senior Japan, Australia & New Zealand Economist
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