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Annual inflation increases to 1.9% in May from 1.6% in April – flash CSO data

31st May 2024

The annual rate of inflation increased to 1.9% in May, up from 1.6% in April, a flash estimate of the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) from the Central Statistics Office showed today. The CSO said that HICP increased by 0.5% on a monthly basis, up from an increase of 0.2% in April. The core […]

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Central Bank recorded a €132m loss in 2023

31st May 2024

The Central Bank made a loss of €132.1m last year, as a result of monetary policy decisions taken across the euro area to bring inflation down. Its Governor said the bank had been expecting and preparing over a number of years for the possibility of making a loss at some point and has reserves of […]

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Tech companies call for introduction of AI regulations

30th May 2024

Major technology companies have called on politicians to regulate artificial intelligence. Appearing before TDs and senators on the Oireachtas Enterprise Committee, representatives from Amazon, Google and Microsoft spoke of the negative and positive impacts that the technology might have. Kieran McCorry, National Technology Officer of Microsoft Ireland, told committee members that, at present, there is […]

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Average weekly earnings up 4.7% in first quarter of 2024 – CSO

30th May 2024

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that average weekly earnings rose by 4.7% to stand at €969.12 in the first quarter of this year compared to €925.44 the same time last year. Today’s CSO figures also show that average hourly earnings rose by 4.5% to €29.82 in the first three months of the […]

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€100m stolen through frauds and scams in Ireland in 2023

30th May 2024

Almost €100m was stolen by fraudsters through frauds and scams last year, new data shows. That represents an increase of 16% on the previous year, according to FraudSMART which collated the information. 95% of total fraudulent transactions and 36% of gross fraud losses were accounted for by card fraud. Fraudulent card payments were up 8.2% […]

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ECB to focus on quarterly meetings with slow, gradual rate cuts – Knot

29th May 2024

The European Central Bank can gradually reduce interest rates given the decline in inflation, and decisions on future cuts could centre around quarterly meetings with new economic projections, Dutch central bank chief Klaas Knot said today. The ECB has all but committed to a rate cut on June 6 when new economic forecasts will also […]

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Retail sales dip by 1.2% in April from March – CSO

29th May 2024

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that retail sales fell by 1.2% on a monthly basis in April to stand 0.9% lower than a year earlier. The CSO said that excluding volatile car sales, retail sales volumes were 0.1% higher on the month and 0.2% up year-on-year. Today’s CSO figures show that the […]

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Cross border tourism triples in last decade, report shows

29th May 2024

The tourism industry across the island of Ireland is worth almost €17 billion to the economy, and supports 300,000 jobs, new data shows. The report from Ulster University and Dublin City University highlights the value of both domestic and international tourism to the island. It states that the sector has bounced back from the challenges […]

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Credit union lending up almost 14%, driven by mortgages

28th May 2024

Lending at credit unions increased by almost 14% in the past year, driven by a significant rise in mortgage lending. That is according to figures from the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU), which represents over 90% of the credit unions here. Its latest results show that around 1,800 mortgages were issued by ILCU-affiliated credit […]

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Over two thirds of firms concerned about pension auto-enrolment

28th May 2024

A new report has found that over two thirds of businesses are concerned about the introduction of pension auto-enrolment. The research by Aon found that more than a quarter of respondents are worried about the increased costs of additional contributions. A similar proportion have reservations about the impacts on existing contributions. 38% of participants said […]

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