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European shares hit record high on drop in new coronavirus cases

European shares notched a fresh record high on Wednesday, as a decline in the number of new coronavirus cases and hopes of more stimulus from Beijing helped a recovery from fears of a sustained hit to global supply and demand. DUBLIN Glanbia, which is due to publish full-year results next week, was one of the […]

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European Union plans new rules around AI, data sharing

Social media platforms and artificial intelligence developers will face new regulations under a European Union plan published today. The European Commission says its digital strategy is designed to make technology more people-focused, while also ensuring its digital industry is not reliant on other countries in the future. It includes changes to the way data is […]

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Number of employed people rose by 3.5% last year – CSO

The number of people in employment rose by 3.5% in the year to December, according to the latest figures in the Labour Force Survey from the Central Statistics Office. The Labour Force Survey is the official source of data for employment and unemployment in Ireland. A total of 2,361,200 people were in employment at the […]

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FTSE 100 rebounds as housebuilders gain, new virus cases drop

London’s FTSE 100 rebounded in tandem with global markets on Wednesday as housebuilders advanced after HSBC upgraded its view on the stocks ahead of a first batch of results next week, while the number of new coronavirus cases in China fell. The FTSE 100 added 0.7pc, with Berkeley, Barratt, Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon rising between […]

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Consumer spending set to hit €111bn in 2020

Consumer spending in Ireland is forecast to top €111 billion this year, as the consumer economy emerges from a so-called ‘lost decade’. The latest Consumer Market Monitor from the Marketing Institute and the UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School says consumer demand has remained resilient in recent years despite the threat of Brexit. It forecasts a […]

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Consumer spending set to hit €111bn in 2020

Consumer spending in Ireland is forecast to top €111 billion this year, as the consumer economy emerges from a so-called ‘lost decade’. The latest Consumer Market Monitor from the Marketing Institute and the UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School says consumer demand has remained resilient in recent years despite the threat of Brexit. It forecasts a […]

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EU adds Seychelles, Cayman Islands, Panama to tax haven blacklist

European Union finance ministers added Panama, the Seychelles, the Cayman Islands and Palau to the EU’s blacklist of tax havens. But Turkey got more time to avoid listing despite shortfalls, an EU document showed today.  The list, which was set up in 2017 after revelations of widespread tax evasion and avoidance schemes, now includes 12 […]

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Irish economy set to grow by 3.4% in 2020, according to EY forecast

Accountancy firm EY has revised upwards its economic forecast for this year. EY’s latest Economic Eye report said it expects to see GDP growth of 3.4% for 2020. That is expected to moderate to 2.8% in 2021 and 2.7% in 2022. Professor Neil Gibson, Chief Economist for EY Ireland, said they revised the forecast following […]

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Number of employed people rose by 3.5% last year – CSO

The number of people in employment rose by 3.5% in the year to December, according to the latest figures in the Labour Force Survey from the Central Statistics Office. The Labour Force Survey is the official source of data for employment and unemployment in Ireland. A total of 2,361,200 people were in employment at the […]

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Sterling maintains gains amid expectations government will spend more

Sterling was slightly weaker today, though it maintained some gains above $1.30, after having its best week in two months as investors priced in looser financial conditions under Britain’s new finance minister.  Rishi Sunak was appointed on Thursday when incumbent Sajid Javid unexpectedly quit as Prime Minister Boris Johnson reshuffled his cabinet.  Boris Johnson wants […]

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