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Analysis: Asian retailers face inflation squeeze

The decidedly unsexy topic of supply chains and what a mess they’re in has become a top story in retail in recent months. The eye-popping 7 per cent year-on-year growth in consumer prices in the US in December finally focused any remaining minds on how adversely inflation might affect producers, retailers, and consumers. Once snarled, supply chains can have a devil of a time righting themselves. Asia is the source of about one-third of global exports, but luckily for Asian consumers themselves