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Digital tax kept alive by France and Germany

Europe’s efforts to tax large tech companies were kept on life-support yesterday as France and Germany proposed a final-hour compromise that scales back the broad plan initially envisioned by Paris. Ireland, along with other countries including Sweden, opposes the tax […]

Mortgage approvals jump by 11pc as values also increase

Mortgage approvals jumped in October, both in terms of volume and value. Across all types of borrowers, banks approved a total of 4,262 mortgages in October, up 11.4pc month-on-month. This is a 13.6pc increase in approvals year-on-year, figures from the […]

Drive down wage costs, renegotiate supplier prices to boost profits

Q. Could you give me a few words of wisdom on improving the profitability of a manufacturing business?

Tax windfall won’t boost spending – Paschal Donohoe

Bumper corporation tax receipts pushed the overall tax–take in November to €631m ahead of target.

You’d be crazy not to tap into open-source software and communities

Last week in this diary I discussed our remote-working strategy. By adopting a company culture of remote and flexible work, we gain access to much larger pool of global talent. The trade-off is

Should I accept pension transfer value?

Query: I left my former employer two years ago after working there for almost 20 years. I have an entitlement to a pension from that company’s defined benefit (DB) pension scheme. I have received a letter from my former employer, […]

Mortgage approvals jump by 11pc as values also increase

Mortgage approvals jumped in October, both in terms of volume and value.

‘If you’re going to leave, leave, but don’t do this halfway house’ – Tony Blair on second Brexit referendum

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair said any second Brexit referendum should be a choice between remain and a hard Brexit.

Hundreds of regional jobs to be created as €30m allocated to ‘food hubs’

A selection of ‘food zones’ are the big winners from the allocation of €30m in new funding for regional employers.

Italian stocks lead Europe in recovery driven by banks, technology

European shares climbed modestly at the end of a volatile week, with banks and technology stocks, which have been hit hard by growth worries, leading the way, while Italian stocks rallied as bond yields fell. The pan-European STOXX 600 managed […]

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