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10 Jan

NTMA to hold one bond auction in Q1 after early syndicated sale

The National Treasury Management Agency said it will hold one bond auction in the first quarter of the year on March 12. The NTMA covered around a third of its funding target for 2020 with a syndicated sale yesterday. It kicked off its funding drive by raising €4 billion via a new 15-year bond sale

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05 Dec

Unemployment rate holds steady at 4.8% in November – CSO

The unemployment rate held steady at 4.8% in November to remain at the lowest level in almost 13 years, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show.  The CSO said the seasonally adjusted number of people who were unemployed stood at 117,800 in November, up marginally from October.   But when compared to November last

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27 Nov

Revenue warning consumers about hidden costs of online shopping

Revenue is cautioning consumers to be aware of hidden taxes and charges when they’re buying goods online in the run into Christmas and discount days such as Black Friday. They are reminding shoppers that while the cost of goods advertised online can appear attractively low, it may because tax and duty has not been included

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19 Nov

Average weekly earnings rise by 3.4% in 2018 – CSO

Average weekly earnings were €740 in 2018, an increase of 3.4% on the previous year, according to new statistics released by the Central Statistics Office.  However, those on higher than average salaries can skew the numbers and the CSO pointed out that 63% of workers earn less than the average while 37% earn above the

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12 Nov

UK economy grows at slowest annual rate since 2010 in Q3

The UK economy grew at the slowest annual rate in nearly a decade in the three months to the end of September, as a global slowdown and Brexit worries hit business investment and manufacturing.  Year-on-year gross domestic product growth slowed to 1% from 1.3% in the second quarter, Britain’s Office for National Statistics said. This

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22 Oct

Sterling slips from 5-month high on Brexit delay jitters

Sterling slips from 5-month high on Brexit delay jitters Sterling fell over half a percent against the dollar this morning, slipping from five-month highs after the British parliament delayed a crucial vote on a Brexit withdrawal agreement. The move derailed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan for a decision on his withdrawal deal. But the pound

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22 Oct

Banks to take steps to support bereaved customers

Banks to take steps to support bereaved customers The five main banks in Ireland are to set up dedicated phone lines to help bereaved customers, in an effort to improve the care of those who have lost loved ones. Access will also be given by the financial institutions to any available funds of the deceased

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16 Oct

Ireland sees 12% increase in brand value – survey

Ireland sees 12% increase in brand value – survey Ireland has recorded a 12% increase in brand value over the past year to bring its total to $604 billion. This is according to the latest report by Brand Finance, which ranks the 100 most valuable and strongest nation brands every year. Brand Finance said that

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16 Oct

Fear of ‘difficult’ tenants driving landlords out of market – RTB

Fear of ‘difficult’ tenants driving landlords out of market – RTB The chairman designate of the Residential Tenancies Board has said the fear of difficult tenants is one of the reasons why “accidental” landlords are getting out of the market. Speaking to the Oireachtas Housing Committee, Tom Dunne said some landlords are “vulnerable” and he

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08 Oct

Consumer sentiment falls to 6 year low on Brexit fears

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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