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EU agrees steps towards tighter money-laundering supervision

6th December 2019

European Union finance ministers today backed plans for greater powers to combat money laundering after a series of revelations about large amounts of dirty money flowing through European banks. The EU last year experienced its largest money-laundering scandal when it emerged that €200 billion in suspicious payments were made between 2007 and 2015 through Danske […]

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Minister to discuss US tariffs on Irish goods

6th December 2019

The Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee, will discuss the imposition of US tariffs on Irish goods at a series of meetings in Washington this week.  She is due to holds talks on Capitol Hill and with the American Chamber of Commerce.  In October it was announced that a range of goods from […]

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Euro zone growth curbed by trade, retail sales slowdown

6th December 2019

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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88% of Irish SME food companies expect revenue growth in 2020

5th December 2019

A new survey shows that 88% of Irish food companies expect revenue growth in the year ahead, with 34% of these companies expecting revenue growth of over 10%.  The SME Irish Food Barometer was carried out by PwC and Love Irish Food. It also reveals that while companies are optimistic about the growth prospects for their own […]

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Unemployment rate holds steady at 4.8% in November – CSO

5th December 2019

The unemployment rate held steady at 4.8% in November to remain at the lowest level in almost 13 years, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show.  The CSO said the seasonally adjusted number of people who were unemployed stood at 117,800 in November, up marginally from October.   But when compared to November last […]

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Euro zone business growth near-stagnant, but some hopeful signs evident – PMI

5th December 2019

Euro zone business activity stayed near stall speed last month, with manufacturing seemingly continuing to act as a drag on the bloc’s dominant services industry as well as the economy as a whole.  Despite some optimistic signs in today’s survey, that picture is likely to disappoint policymakers at the European Central Bank. In September, the […]

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Services sector growth sees strong bounce in November

4th December 2019

The country’s service sector growth bounced back strongly last month from a seven-year low as business confidence rose to its highest level since June amid firmer demand from customers, a survey showed today.  A slowdown in manufacturing activity had threatened to spread in October to the services sector, where a long expansion in new orders […]

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Central Bank to assess commercial property-focused funds

4th December 2019

The Central Bank will conduct a “deep dive” into the role of property funds in the domestic commercial real estate sector and assess whether a macroprudential response is needed to any potential risks, Governor Gabriel Makhlouf said today. Research from the Central Bank showed that Irish investment funds now account for more than 35% of […]

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No change to Central Bank’s mortgage lending rules

4th December 2019

The Central Bank has decided not to make any changes to mortgage lending rules here that limit how much people can borrow from banks in order to fund house purchases.  Following a review, the regulator has concluded that the measures continue to meet their objectives of strengthening bank and borrower resilience. It also said the […]

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First-time buyers drive demand for mortgage approvals

2nd December 2019

New figures from Banking & Payments Federation Ireland show strong growth in mortgage approvals figures for October, driven by demand from first-time buyers. The BPFI figures show that a total of 4,514 mortgages were approved in October . Of these 51.6% were for first-time buyers while mover purchasers accounted for 27%. BPFI also said that […]

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