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ECB readies big guns as September rate cut beckons

26th August 2019

ECB readies big guns as September rate cut beckons The European Central Bank (ECB) will deliver both rate cuts and will pump yet more money into the eurozone’s ailing economy next month. The disclosures came in the minutes of the ECB’s July meeting, the final one to be headed by Mario Draghi, who is credited […]

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Multinational cash gives economy healthier glow

26th August 2019

Multinational cash gives economy healthier glow NEW data from the Central Statistics Office shows how dependent the economy is on big multinational companies for growth and keeping the budget afloat. The “gross value added” by foreign multinationals last year was €127bn, up almost 14pc from 2017, while the remainder added just 3.9pc according to the […]

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Bad loan sales will continue despite let up in ECB pressure

26th August 2019

Bad loan sales will continue despite let up in ECB pressure The European Central Bank (ECB) has increased the time banks get to sort out bad debts but it will not slow loan sales here. Banks will now get more time to set aside cash to cover bad loans after the ECB bowed to pressure […]

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Fed will remain flexible, rates not on ‘preset course’; minutes

23rd August 2019

Fed will remain flexible, rates not on ‘preset course’; minutes The US Federal Reserve will remain flexible and interest rates will not be on a “preset course” despite persistent risks from trade uncertainty and weak global growth, the Federal reserve has said. Although the minutes of the Fed’s policy meeting late last month showed officials […]

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European shares steady on upbeat PMI data, Italy jumps

23rd August 2019

European shares steady on upbeat PMI data, Italy jumps European shares traded close to flat on Thursday as upbeat surveys on Germany and the euro zone offset signs that US policymakers had not intended to start a cycle of interest rate cuts with last month’s move. Germany’s DAX shrugged off a weak open, to trade […]

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EPA publishes industrial pollutant emissions data

23rd August 2019

EPA publishes industrial pollutant emissions data There was a dramatic decrease in the HCFC refrigerant gas emissions from large industrial activities, according to the most recent data from the Environmental Protection Agency. The findings from 2017 show the positive response to the phase out and switch to a more environmentally-friendly bulk refrigerant by Irish industry. […]

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Card spending continued to rise in second quarter

22nd August 2019

Card spending continued to rise in second quarter Almost €19 billion was spent on Irish credit and debit cards between April and June, according to the Central Bank. That represents an 8% rise year-on-year, as consumers increasingly opted for cards instead of cash. The vast majority of card transactions in the second quarter – more […]

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Committee recommends broadband network remain in public ownership

22nd August 2019

Committee recommends broadband network remain in public ownership A report carried out by the Oireachtas Committee on Communications has recommended that the broadband network infrastructure remain in public ownership. The committee carried out an investigation into the Government’s decision to award preferred bidder status on the multi-billion euro national broadband contract to Granahan McCourt. The […]

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Average monthly rents hit record level for 13th quarter in a row – report

22nd August 2019

Average monthly rents hit record level for 13th quarter in a row – report Average monthly rents across the country rose to a new record level during the second quarter of the year. According to the latest quarterly Rental Report by Daft.ie, on average the cost of renting is now €1,391 per month. The increase […]

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Stock markets higher on hopes for stimulus, trade progress

21st August 2019

Stock markets higher on hopes for stimulus, trade progress European shares are up for the third straight session, building on a recovery since late last week. Shares in Asia also rose in overnight trade. Global stocks rallied at the start of the trading week on rising optimism about stimulus measures in China and Germany as […]

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