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Easter inflation bounce won’t end slowdown fears

Easter inflation bounce won’t end slowdown fears A rise in headline inflation in April should have given comfort to the European Central Bank, but the pick-up was due to a rise in package holiday and airline fare prices at Easter and is set to fall back as the year progresses. Data from the European Statistics… Read more »

Euro zone inflation accelerates in April on energy, services

Euro zone inflation accelerates in April on energy, services Euro zone inflation surged beyond expectations last month, mild relief for the European Central Bank, even if much of the jump was likely related to seasonal effects due to the timing of Easter. Inflation in the 19 countries sharing the euro accelerated to 1.7% in April… Read more »

Live Register figures down by 0.4% in April

Live Register figures down by 0.4% in April The number of people signing on the Live Register showed a monthly decrease of 700, or 0.4%, in April, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show. This brings the seasonally adjusted total to 194,700. The CSO said the number of people on the Live Register in… Read more »

Worsening consumer sentiment erases March recovery

Worsening consumer sentiment erases March recovery Consumer sentiment soured in April, weighed down by an uncertain economic outlook and related worries about household incomes, a new survey shows today. The KBC Bank/ESRI consumer sentiment index fell to 87.7 in April from 93.1 in March, largely erasing a partial recovery from February’s 51-month low of 86.5…. Read more »

Euro zone factory activity contracted for third month in April – PMI

Euro zone factory activity contracted for third month in April – PMI Euro zone factory activity contracted for a third month in April, hurt by weak global demand, rising trade protectionism and concerns over Britain’s upcoming departure from the European Union. IHS Markit’s April final manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index registered 47.9, beating March’s six-year low… Read more »

Services growth slows in April as Brexit hits sales – PMI

Services growth slows in April as Brexit hits sales – PMI Growth in the country’s services sector slowed in April, adding to signs that the economy began the second quarter at a more moderate pace amid the global slowdown. The AIB services purchasing managers’ index slipped to 54.7 from 55.3 in March. While the reading… Read more »

Exchequer broadly on track in April as deficit falls

Exchequer broadly on track in April as deficit falls Figures released by the government show that the exchequer recorded a deficit of just under €3.2 billion at the end of April, €238 million lower than at the same period last year. Revenue from taxes came in broadly at the level that it was expected to,… Read more »

ECB still has ammunition left to fight recession – Lane

ECB still has ammunition left to fight recession – Lane The European Central Bank’s policy arsenal has not been depleted and fiscal policy could help stimulate investment, the ECB’s incoming executive Board member Philip Lane has said. Investors fear the ECB’s window to potentially raise interest rates has closed, meaning it has little in its… Read more »

Irish banks have higher concentration of property loans than European peers – Central Bank

Irish banks have higher concentration of property loans than European peers – Central Bank Central Bank shows that Irish banks have a higher concentration of property lending than their European peers – with the concentration mainly in residential property. But in a Financial Stability Note, the Central Bank said the banking system here has increased… Read more »