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US Fed chair warns of ‘extended period’ of weak growth, calls for additional fiscal spending

In a sober review of where the US economy stands on the cusp of its reopening, US Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell has warned of an “extended period” of weak growth and stagnant incomes, pledged to use more of the central bank’s power as needed, and issued a call for additional fiscal spending. “It will take […]

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Residential property prices up 1% in March, before Covid-19 impact

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that residential property prices increased by 1% nationally in the year to March.  The CSO said this compares with an increase of 1% in the year to February and an increase of 3.8% the same time last year. Today’s figures lag a coronavirus-related collapse in housing transactions. […]

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Online retailers saw 60% rise in traffic last week

There was a dramatic increase in traffic for online retailers compared to pre-Covid levels in the last week, as stores remained shut and consumers enjoyed some retail therapy online. New data compiled by digital agency Wolfgang Digital found that between May 4 and 10, internet traffic rose by 60%, and online revenues were up 162%. […]

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“Very likely” IMF will cut growth forecasts further

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said it was “very likely” the Fund would cut global growth forecasts further as the coronavirus pandemic was hitting many economies harder than previously projected. “Incoming data from many countries is worse than our already pessimistic projections,” Georgieva said during a webcast conference sponsored by the Financial Times. […]

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40% more rental properties available compared to April 2019, report shows

Rents fell by 2.1% on average last month compared to March, reflecting the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. This represents the biggest monthly fall in rents since March 2009. The average monthly rent nationwide stood at €1,418 in the first quarter of 2020, the figures show. The latest Rental Report by Daft.ie also shows the number […]

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Slight fall in number of Pandemic Unemployment Payments

The number of people receiving the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) has fallen slightly for the first time since it was launched on 16 March. 589,000 people will receive the €350 payment this week, a decrease of 9,000 compared to last week. However, it is believed that some of the fall is due to employers re-hiring […]

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Slight fall in number of Pandemic Unemployment Payments

The number of people receiving the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) has fallen slightly for the first time since it was launched on 16 March. 589,000 people will receive the €350 payment this week, a decrease of 9,000 compared to last week. However, it is believed that some of the fall is due to employers re-hiring […]

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Ibec calls for €15bn in extra support in Covid-19 recovery plan

The employers’ group Ibec has launched a recovery plan for the economy which calls for a future government to commit a further €15bn in supports and investments. The plan calls for the economic and fiscal response to the Covid-19 crisis to match the scale of the downturn it will create. It calls for debt write-offs for businesses, cash […]

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BoI boss signals further payment break extension beyond six months unlikely

The chief executive of Bank of Ireland has said she does not currently see repayment breaks for borrowers who are struggling financially because of the Covid-19 crisis being extended beyond the six months agreed by the main banks here. Francesca McDonagh said the sector had been proactive in agreeing payment breaks initially for three months […]

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Demand for bank loans falls sharply amid virus crisis – Central Bank

New research from the Central Bank shows that demand for bank loans has fallen sharply.   The study, published on the Central Bank’s website, shows that from the middle of March enquiries about loans from both personal customers and businesses fell as containment measures to tackle Covid-19 were introduced.   Mortgage enquiries fell by almost […]

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