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Donohoe says absolutely no surprises in Budget 2020

9th October 2019

Donohoe says absolutely no surprises in Budget 2020 The Minister for Finance has said there will be “absolutely no surprises” in the Budget to be outlined this afternoon. Speaking as he arrived at the Department of Finance this morning, Paschal Donohoe said all of the main features of Budget 2020 are well known. He said […]

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Consumer sentiment falls to 6 year low on Brexit fears

8th October 2019

Consumer sentiment falls to 6 year low on Brexit fears Consumer sentiment here fell to a six-year low last month, the third month in a row in which it has fallen. According to the KBC Bank Ireland Consumer Sentiment Index, Brexit uncertainty continues to drive people’s confidence in the economy and their personal finances lower. […]

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Economy on course for over €600m surplus

8th October 2019

Economy on course for over €600m surplus The Government’s pre-Budget White Paper shows the economy is on course to deliver a surplus this year of €609 million. The White Paper also shows another significant overrun on corporate tax receipts, which are €800m higher than forecast at the start of the year. The White Paper is […]

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Blanket social welfare increase in Budget ruled out

8th October 2019

Blanket social welfare increase in Budget ruled out Discussions are continuing between Government departments throughout the weekend ahead of Tuesday’s Budget. There is a particular focus on the Department of Social Protection, where an across the board increase in social welfare payments has been ruled out. Instead any rise in payments is set to be […]

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Irish butter, cheese and pork among EU goods to be hit by US tariffs

7th October 2019

Irish butter, cheese and pork among EU goods to be hit by US tariffs A range of goods from the EU are to be hit with new US tariffs including Irish butter, cheese, liqueurs and pork products. Irish whiskey made in Northern Ireland is on the list of products but Irish whiskey made in the […]

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Sterling jumps to 8 day high

5th October 2019

Sterling jumps to 8 day high Sterling jumped to an eight-day high after the head of a group of euro sceptic lawmakers in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party said the government’s latest Brexit proposals offered the possibility of a “tolerable deal”. A weaker dollar on a weaker-than-expected US non-manufacturing purchasing managers’ index inflated the […]

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Sterling unfazed by weak economic data, as Britain waits for EU Brexit response

4th October 2019

Sterling unfazed by weak economic data, as Britain waits for EU Brexit response Sterling was little moved today despite a surprise contraction in the services sector as investors waited to receive a formal European Union response to Britain’s latest Brexit offer. The pound has found little direction in recent days, and is back where it […]

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Services sector sees slowest growth since May 2013 – PMI

4th October 2019

Services sector sees slowest growth since May 2013 – PMI The services sector grew at its slowest rate since May 2013 last month, a survey showed today, amid a softening of both foreign and domestic demand conditions. The AIB IHS Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for services slipped to 53.1 in September from 54.6 in […]

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Euro zone inflation slows in September on cheaper energy

3rd October 2019

Euro zone inflation slows in September on cheaper energy Euro zone inflation slowed further year-on-year in September because of cheaper energy, new figures showed today. But the core measure excluding such volatile components rose, the first estimate from the European Union’s statistics office Eurostat showed. The numbers underline the difference of opinion over the state […]

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Jobless rate steady at 5.3% in September despite Brexit concerns

3rd October 2019

Jobless rate steady at 5.3% in September despite Brexit concerns New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the unemployment rate remained at 5.3% in September compared to August. The jobless rate has crept higher in recent months due to Brexit concerns, but it is still very low compared to the financial crisis when […]

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