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Shift to online spending should outlast virus impact

Online sales surged during the lockdown and rose further even as the Australian and New Zealand economies were opening up again. We suspect online sales will remain high which means measures of physical location may understate the resilience of consumption.
Ben Udy Australia and New Zealand Economist
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