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New figures from the Central Statistics Office show rising inflation has resulted in increases across a range of products, including bread rising by 5.3% while crisps increased by 7%. Overall food and non-alcoholic drinks are up 1.6% on an annual basis, with increases too in energy and fuel costs. The CSO says the annual rate…

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The proportion of women in leading positions at major European companies rose last year, but fell behind schedule to reach the European Commission’s proposed target of 40% for 2025. This is according to a study by an EU-sponsored non-profit organisation. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said earlier this month she would try to…

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Employers are seeking to hire more of the people who hire people to work in their companies. Job vacancies across Talent Acquisition and Human Resources saw an unprecedented 420% year-on-year increase in Q4 2021, according to the latest IrishJobs.ie Jobs Index. “2021 was a particularly busy year for recruitment and we anticipate this trend will…

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More than six out of ten workers here are considering a change of job this year, according to a survey conducted on behalf of business networking platform LinkedIn. The survey of 1,001 professionals here, conducted by Censuswide late last year, found that 63% are considering a move during 2022. The feeling was particularly pronounced among…

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Economics is not all about numbers. In fact, in one of the most important areas of economics – central banks and monetary policy-language ranks alongside number crunching in importance. That’s because the power to create money and therefore to influence its value thrusts economics into the forefront of people’s lives. Retaining the confidence of people…

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The Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme for small and medium businesses has been extended the end of June, the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar said today. Low-cost loans will continue to be available to Irish SMEs through a wide range of lenders including three banks, six non-bank finance providers and 19…

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The number of residential property transactions increased by almost 19% to 44,110 in the 12 months to October 2021, according to the latest Residential Buildings Report published by GeoDirectory and EY. It reveals that over 16% of all property transactions were for newly built homes, which was down compared to the previous year. The average…

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More than four out of every five builders across the country expect the prices they charge for projects will rise in the first three months of the year when compared to the same period last year, a new survey of the industry has revealed. 99% reported a year-on-year increase in the cost of raw materials,…

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