Thursday 19th May 2022
We’ve seen big falls in US shares as major retailers issue profit warnings, based on inflation and supply chain worries. Investors responded quickly. Had they forgotten that inflation was a thing? It was a timely reminder, says NAB’s Ray Attrill, that headline inflation hits consumer spending, so consumer staples and discretionaries will feel the pinch. The UK’s CPI hit 9 percent, but was in line with expectations. Canada’s inflation number was higher than anticipated, however. Australia’s wage growth remains relatively subdued, but the RBA’s focus will be on today’s labour market data.