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UK inflation falls but by less than expected in August

The UK’s restaurant subsidy scheme to support the hospitality sector through the Covid-19 pandemic helped to push the country’s inflation rate down to its lowest rate in almost five years, official data showed today.  UK consumer prices rose by 0.2% in annual terms in August. This was the smallest increase since December 2015 and a sharp […]

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Ibec calls for €6bn support for businesses in Budget

Employers’ group Ibec has called on the Government to provide an additional €6 billion in supports for businesses in the upcoming Budget. In a pre-Budget submission, Ibec said the economy “is not yet ready to carry itself” and that the Irish business model faces its most significant challenge in over half a century. Ibec said the Government could and should […]

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Inflation may be higher than official measure – Makhlouf

The Governor of the Central Bank has said price inflation experienced by households may be higher than what is officially measured. Gabriel Makhlouf also said that Covid-19 has highlighted the impact of globalised supply chains, digitalisation and the “interplay between fiscal and monetary policy”. The Central Bank Governor made his comments during an online speech […]

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State’s chief economist warns on state of the economy

A presentation by the Department of Finance’s chief economist describes the fall in the economy in the second three months of this year as ‘the largest economic contraction on record.’ It also warns that budgetary policy will have to walk a ‘fine line’ between support and ‘fiscal sustainability.’  Chief Economist John McCarthy’s presentation to the […]

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EU to delay euro clearing decision on Brexit divorce threat – source

The European Union is set to delay a decision on allowing clearing houses in London to continue clearing euro transactions for EU-based clients due to Britain’s plan to breach part of the Brexit divorce settlement, a derivatives industry source said.  Brussels had said it would grant Britain “time-limited” access to euro derivatives clearing from January […]

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Fears weak sterling will fuel online sales as shoppers urged to buy local

Retailers are fearful that weak sterling will help fuel a surge in online shopping at UK websites in the run-up to Christmas – exacerbating the disastrous impact the pandemic has had on their businesses. The value of sterling plunged this week as talks between London and Brussels on a trade deal faltered, making it more […]

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New laws to screen investment from ‘unfriendly’ governments

The Government will introduce new laws to screen foreign direct investment (FDI) coming to Ireland, Enterprise, Trade and Employment Minister Leo Varadkar has confirmed. The legislation will be brought in to give effect to a European Union regulation and is seen as an important tool to tackle concerns that strategically important assets – including research […]

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Imperative to avoid second lockdown ‘if possible’ – Varadkar

ánaiste Leo Varadkar has said Ireland may be close to the level “at which we can live with the virus”. He said the overriding imperative right now is to keep the virus suppressed to avoid “if possible” a second lockdown.  The Tánaiste made his remarks at the Dublin Economics Workshop this afternoon.  He said he did […]

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Imperative to avoid second lockdown ‘if possible’ – Varadkar

ánaiste Leo Varadkar has said Ireland may be close to the level “at which we can live with the virus”. He said the overriding imperative right now is to keep the virus suppressed to avoid “if possible” a second lockdown.  The Tánaiste made his remarks at the Dublin Economics Workshop this afternoon.  He said he did […]

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‘Too much stimulus cash is now saved in banks’ – Ibec

The Government has pumped too much cash to households during the Covid-19 crisis and should find a way to “extract” money that has ended up in savings accounts, according to the head of employers’ group Ibec. Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy told an event organised by the Dublin Economics Workshop that the best way to […]

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