RBA liaison says inflation job done


From the recent SoMP.

Recent liaison discussions suggest that demand conditions have been little changed since the end of 2023, and economic activity is not expected to grow much in the period ahead. Given the current high-cost environment, some firms have scaled back their investment plans, though the outlook for investment in infrastructure remains strong.

Firms are reporting that it is becoming more difficult to pass cost increases through to prices and have increased their focus on cost discipline and/or improving productivity. Growth in wages and prices is expected to moderate further over the year ahead.

Consumer spending remains cautious and price sensitive.


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