Consumable Items Wasted
When a run is completed, are the unused consumable items I equipped to a hired runner returned to me or gone forever?
On one run it appeared as if the runner had the unused items in her inventory at the start of the next run, other times this didn't happen. Could it have been coincidence that the items at the next run were the same?
All consumable items you gave a hired runner is gone. It won't be back even if you rehire them for the next run. Each runner has a default set of items they will always have, so if you use it up they'll have those items again (or upgrades of them in certain cases) for the next run.