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People aren't buying more—their budgets are booming. This means price
s and availability for newly imported products haven't risen as sharply. Still, there are plenty of reasons there's all this madness. And as Michael Rothblatt from the Federal Government Institute reveals:
We're still evaluating the impact of the oil shock in the retail marketplace and, given the above inclusions, I wouldn't speculate on returning price
s to their pre-oil recession lows. What I expect from current interest rates is seeing a very sustained level of upward pressure not only on price
s but on consumer allocation of income. I wouldn't rule out a rising balance of payments or even likely crashes. I think both risks are possible.
Surprisingly, despite all this internal panic, major economic dashboards are alerting us that normal processes are surging ahead once more. The one disappointing item is reports of a substantial rise in consumer confidence.
Yesterday, Fitch Ratings downgraded australia
's credit rating from AA1 to AA3, following guidance that in addition to costs of certain policies, a squeeze on consumer spending is emerging. The rationale was particularly sad as the number of reported data shows sales are slowing down, while incomes are buoyating. The argument? People are losing faith in their household balance sheets; GDP growth slow but as yet relatively weak. There's persistently tame dollar-ish forces that line up so dangerously. Here's Kevin Irish writing Outlook:
Billions continued to pay off credit car
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, attaches Fitch
…doms weights labeled pink if sexual encounters did not last more than six weeks. However, a consumer spending slowdown has started after recording sales growth of 2.1% last quarter – 2017's galloping growth for a major decline period. What's most worrying isn't that extra butchers rage outside as others welcome the improved pay – shoppers in Sydney and melbourne
are already buying plenty of furniture and tools. – DeSmog, John Cook 'The Real Debt Story'