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12 Dec

NCC warns cost of public liability insurance impacting competition

The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) has warned that the rising cost of public liability insurance is adversely impacting competitiveness. The body also warns that legal services around the enforcement of commercial contracts in Ireland are both expensive and slow. The findings are contained in the NCC’s latest Competitiveness Challenges report, which focuses on six key

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12 Dec

Fed holds rates steady, expects moderate economic growth next year

The US Federal Reserve has held interest rates steady and signaled borrowing costs are likely to remain unchanged indefinitely.  Moderate economic growth and low unemployment are expected to continue through next year’s presidential election, it said. The decision by the Fed’s rate-setting committee left the benchmark overnight lending rate in its current target range between

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12 Dec

ESRI in warning over corporation tax windfall levels

The ESRI has warned that any reduction in windfall levels of corporation tax will have a significant impact on the public finances, which could require the Government to implement austerity policies.  Because of this danger, it advises that the windfall portion of the corporation tax take should be set aside to counter any shocks to the

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11 Dec

US was country’s biggest export market in 2018

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that Ireland exported a total €141 billion of goods in 2018 and imported €92 billion worth of goods.  The country exported over €39 billion of goods to the US in 2018 – its largest export market. It also imported €17 billion from the US last year.  The

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11 Dec

US trade offensive takes out WTO as global referee

US disruption of the global economic order has reached a major milestone as the World Trade Organization (WTO) loses its ability to intervene in trade wars. This threatens the future of the Geneva-based body. Two years after starting to block appointments, the US will finally paralyse the WTO’s Appellate Body, which acts as the supreme court

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10 Dec

Housing construction activity sees first slowdown since 2013

Activity in the construction sector declined for the third month in a row, the latest Purchasing Managers’ Index from Ulster Bank shows. Ulster Bank’s Construction PMI showed a reading of 48.2 in November, up from 46.2 in October. Any figure under 50 signals contraction in the industry.  The November slowdown included a decline in activity

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10 Dec

New car sales speed up by 1.8% in November – CSO

The number of new private cars licensed for the first time rose by 1.8% in November, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show.  The CSO said that a total of 1,676 new private cars were licensed for the first time, up from 1,647 the same month last year. Meanwhile, a total of 9,874 used

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10 Dec

NTMA says it will borrow less next year

The National Treasury Management Agency said it plans to borrow between €10 billion and €14 billion in 2020, down from a target range of €14-18 billion last year. The NTMA said a pre-funding strategy had given it a projected cash balance in excess of €15 billion. It said this gives it “significant flexibility” entering 2020

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09 Dec

Euro zone growth curbed by trade, retail sales slowdown

The euro zone economy grew at a modest pace in the third quarter with a negative impact from trade, while retail sales fell at their sharpest rate this year in October, data showed today.  Gross domestic product (GDP) in the euro zone was up 0.2% in the three months from July to September. This was the

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