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World faces ‘worst economic fallout since Great Depression’ – IMF

The global coronavirus pandemic is causing an economic crisis unlike any in the past century and will require a massive response to ensure recovery, International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva said today. She warned that “global growth will turn sharply negative in 2020,” with 170 of the International Monetary Fund’s 180 members experiencing a decline […]

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Fed will continue to act ‘forcefully, proactively and aggressively’ – Powell

The Federal Reserve will continue to use all the tools at its disposal until the US economy begins to fully rebound from the harm caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak, Fed Chair Jerome Powell said today, even as he acknowledged the limits of the bank’s powers.  “Many of the programmes we are undertaking to support […]

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EU fails to reach deal on Covid-19 bailout plan

EU finance ministers have failed to agree on a bailout plan to help hard hit member states face the coronavirus outbreak, after Italy refused to abandon its plea for “coronabonds” to share the burden. “After 16 hours of discussions, we came close to a deal but we are not there yet. I suspended the Eurogroup […]

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Central Bank says ECB moves released €20bn for Irish banks

The Central Bank has said recent actions by the ECB will release upwards of €20bn for Irish banks to borrow and potentially loan out in non-mortgage lending.  In an economic letter published today, the bank also says that actions like the Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP) will ensure that governments “can more easily issue debt to […]

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Online shopping up another 19% over the last week

The number of new users and the volume of online shopping continued to increase over the last week as people became even more confined to home due to the Covid-19 crisis. New data compiled by digital agency Wolfgang Digital found that between March 30 and April 5, internet based sales traffic rose overall by 19% compared to […]

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Dublin business activity drops to seven year low

Business output in Dublin stagnated in the first quarter of the year as business activity grind to a halt in March, new figures show today. The latest IHS Markit Dublin Purchasing Managers index fell to 49.9 from 53.7, ending more than seven years of continuous output growth in Dublin.  A figure under 50 signals contraction, […]

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More than 700,000 receiving income supports

The number of people dependent on income supports has soared to over 700,000, according to the latest figures from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.  Last Friday, payments were issued to 507,000 recipients of the €350 per week Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Support payment, which is up from 283,000 a week ago.  These payments are […]

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Ministers expected to agree to use Europe’s bailout fund

Eurozone finance ministers are expected to agree to use Europe’s bailout fund to help support economies stricken by the coronavirus pandemic. However, during a video conference this afternoon they are expected to stop short of agreeing to pool European debt through so-called coronabonds, an approach favoured by a number of countries, including Ireland. During a […]

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Construction activity slumps to 11 year low due to Covid-19 restrictions

Construction activity fell to its lowest level in 11 years as Covid-19 restrictions halted building across the country last month. Ulster Bank’s construction purchasing managers’ index, which follows the sector’s performance every month, fell to 28.9 in March from 50.6 in February, indicating that the industry virtually collapsed. The outbreak of the virus hit all […]

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New €200m enterprise support scheme due next week

The Government is expected to announce details of a new €200 million scheme of enterprise supports for businesses suffering as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic next week. The measures will be aimed at the manufacturing and internationally traded sectors and were approved by the EU under a temporary framework governing state aid rules earlier this […]

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