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Asian factories take Omicron risks in stride, for now

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By Leika Kihara TOKYO (Reuters) – Asia’s factory activity grew in December as companies took rising global cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant in stride, though persistent supply constraints and rising input costs clouded the outlook for some economies. The rising rate of global infections have raised eyebrows among policymakers, with outbreaks in China forcing some firms to suspend production and threatening to disrupt output for memory chip giants like Samsung Electronics. For now, however, the direct hit from Omicron on output appeared subdued, according to surveys released on Mond…

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