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Modest pick up in mortgage approvals in January

The number of mortgages approved by banks here fell by 3.4% in the year to the end of January, new figures show. The drop came despite a modest monthly increase in the volume of home loans given the green light during the first month of the year. In total, the Banking and Payment Federation Ireland […]

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Modest pick up in mortgage approvals in January

The number of mortgages approved by banks here fell by 3.4% in the year to the end of January, new figures show. The drop came despite a modest monthly increase in the volume of home loans given the green light during the first month of the year. In total, the Banking and Payment Federation Ireland […]

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Group warns of impact of Brexit legislation on duty free sales

An organisation representing those involved in sales of duty free here has warned Government changes to draft laws designed to prepare the country for a no-deal Brexit will prevent the sale of such products at Irish airports. Expressing its concern about the amendments to the bill, the Irish Duty Free Alliance (IDFA) said the changes […]

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Group warns of impact of Brexit legislation on duty free sales

An organisation representing those involved in sales of duty free here has warned Government changes to draft laws designed to prepare the country for a no-deal Brexit will prevent the sale of such products at Irish airports. Expressing its concern about the amendments to the bill, the Irish Duty Free Alliance (IDFA) said the changes […]

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Central bankers’ bank warns of danger of bonds to markets

A SURGE in the supply of corporate debt in the riskiest investment-grade category may leave markets vulnerable to a rout if economic weakness triggers bouts of rating downgrades, according to the Bank for International Settlements. The BIS is the central bankers’ central bank and provides policy advice as well as acting as a forum for […]

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Central bankers’ bank warns of danger of bonds to markets

A SURGE in the supply of corporate debt in the riskiest investment-grade category may leave markets vulnerable to a rout if economic weakness triggers bouts of rating downgrades, according to the Bank for International Settlements. The BIS is the central bankers’ central bank and provides policy advice as well as acting as a forum for […]

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EU budget contributions rise hits Exchequer surplus

The Exchequer surplus for February came in lower than expected at €139m, according to Department of Finance data issued yesterday. That compares with €217m a year ago and a forecast of a rise in the surplus to €325m by Cantor Fitzgerald. The Department of Finance said that there was an increase in non-voted current spending, […]

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Unemployment rate falls to 5.6% in February – CSO

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the rate of unemployment fell to 5.6% in February, from the revised rate of 5.7% in January. Unemployment had stood at 5.8% in February 2018. The CSO said the seasonally adjusted number of people who were unemployed stood at 135,100 in February, down from 136,800 in […]

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ECB interest rate-setters seek to reassure markets

The European Central Bank (ECB) will hold an interest rate-setting meeting on Thursday when it will likely seek to reassure financial markets while not adding to panic setting in around Europe’s sluggish economic performance. Germany, France and Italy are now all flatlining economically, creating concerns that the eurozone economy may be headed for recession and […]

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