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Car sales slump drives Ireland’s retail activity 4.3pc lower in July

Car sales slump drives Ireland’s retail activity 4.3pc lower in July An unseasonal slump in new car purchases drove Ireland’s retail sales sharply lower last month, the Central Statistics Office reported on Wednesday. Sales declined by 4.3pc in both value and volume terms versus June levels, chiefly because many Irish car hunters are opting to… Read more »

Sterling dives as fears of no-deal Brexit grow

Sterling dives as fears of no-deal Brexit grow Sterling dived as concerns rose that the United Kingdom may be headed for a disruptive no-deal Brexit after Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to restrict parliamentary time before October 31. Mr Johnson said he would schedule a Queen’s Speech for October 14 in order to launch new… Read more »

US firms make $83bn profits in Ireland

US firms make $83bn profits in Ireland American multinationals made more profits in Ireland in 2017 than in six of the world’s largest economies combined, according to new official data. The Bureau of Economic Analysis released its annual report into the activities of American multinationals on Monday and it showed they reported $83bn in profits… Read more »

Irish employment growth slows to a 6-year low

Irish employment growth slows to a 6-year low New figures from the Central Statistics Office show the numbers employed in the economy falling from March to June of this year. The CSO’s latest Labour Force Survey has led to an upward revision in the unemployment rate for July from 4.6% to 5.3%. The number of… Read more »

Ireland is not a tax haven – Dept of Finance

Ireland is not a tax haven – Dept of Finance Ireland does not meet any internationally recognised standard of being a tax haven, according to a statement from the Department of Finance. The department is reacting to a report in today’s Irish Independent detailing new figures which show that US mulitnational companies based in Ireland,… Read more »

Online shoppers face changes and charges post-Brexit

Online shoppers face changes and charges post-Brexit Consumer buying goods online from the UK face immediate changes with increased VAT and import tariffs when the package is delivered by An Post to their home in Ireland, if Brexit goes ahead at the end of October. On a visit to the An Post Mail Centre in… Read more »

Growth slows in OECD countries; marked slowdown in UK & Germany

Growth slows in OECD countries; marked slowdown in UK & Germany Economic growth across the OECD area slowed to 0.5% in the second three months of 2019. That compared to growth of 0.6% across the organisation’s 36 member countries in the previous three month period. Among the major seven economies, GDP growth slowed markedly in… Read more »

European stocks tumble on trade war blows

European stocks tumble on trade war blows Technology stocks led a tumble in European equities in early deals on Monday as investors fled from riskier assets after another exchange of blows by the United States and China over trade at the end of last week. US President Donald Trump on Friday hit back at a… Read more »

ECB readies big guns as September rate cut beckons

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… Read more »

Multinational cash gives economy healthier glow

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… Read more »