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According to analysts at ANZ, for the Australian economy, the impact of monetary policy on housing is clear, but its effect on consumption has been limited, so far.

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“The housing market recovery will lift retail. Rising housing prices and turnover tend to support non-food retail sales, and we are already seeing the first signs of that. But the lag between housing strength and a full recovery in retail can be long, and challenges, such as high debt and economic uncertainty, may soften the effect.”

“Retail sales volumes fell in the year to September for the first time since 1991. Non-food sales, in particular household goods, have been struggling in the last couple of years, as housing prices fell.”

“Improvements in the housing market are boosting non-food retail, which grew 0.5% q/q in September, the best result since mid-2018.”

“Households however are using the recent tax and rate cuts to pay down debt, which may delay improvements in household spending.”