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US and China agree ‘deal in principle’ on trade

The White House has reached a “deal in principle” with Beijing to resolve the 17-month US-China trade war, according to a source briefed on the trade talks The White House was expected to make an announcement later today, the source said. “The written agreement is still being formulated, but they have reached an agreement in […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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34,000 new homes needed every year for next decade – Central Bank

A study from the Central Bank has found that 34,000 new dwellings will be needed each year for the next decade to keep up with demand.   The demand for housing comes from a natural increase in the population and more people coming to live in the country.  At the peak of the boom in […]

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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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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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