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‘Significant long-term scarring’ in services will limit pent-up consumer demand and suppress inflation, economist Stephen Roach predicts

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Economist Stephen Roach said Monday he believes Wall Street is overestimating a consumer comeback.According to the Yale University senior fellow, demand will snap back like a rubber band later this year as the V-shaped recovery loses momentum."With vaccines rushing out together with a lot of stimulus, you can just sense this instant gratification of a long-deferred pent-up demand," Roach told CNBC's "Trading Nation." "But as I look at the numbers, you know, most of that surge has probably already occurred."He's building part of his case on the consumer durables share of GDP data."We're back to levels of consumer durables that we haven't been at in about 13, 14 years," said Roach. "We've done the pent-up demand to a large extent, and it looks like it's borrowing from growth that m...