The CRT sank 1.3ppts to 85.9 in the week ended April 16, highlighted by a drop in the health index to a new low. Activity also continued to retreat, as stricter public health measures weigh heavily on consumer spending. The race between the spread of the virus and the vaccine rollout is heating up. Restrictions have tightened further, but the timeline for vaccinations in hot spots has been pulled forward considerably. We remain cautiously optimistic that the economy will avoid a contraction in Q2, despite the third wave of infections.
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