EU/US trade talks ‘off to good start’

European Union trade commissioner Phil Hogan said his meeting with senior US officials marked a “good start” to resetting trade ties with Washington, but there was more work to do. Hogan told reporters he had a good exchange of views […]

Interest rate hike in state’s home loan scheme

The Government has sharply increased the rate of interest it will charge future first-time home buyers availing of its Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan scheme. As a result of the changes, the 25-year fixed rate has increased to 2.745% from 2%, […]

Dublin Port’s trade with Europe spikes as Brexit takes toll on UK

Volumes through the country’s busiest port indicate a shift from the UK to a growing trade with the continent. Figures from Dublin Port show volumes to Britain fell by 0.2pc last year, while volumes on services to continental Europe grew […]

Car sales in Europe get late-year boost helped by incentives

Europe emerged as a bright spot for the embattled global car industry after car sales jumped to a record in December, but it could be short-lived. The “exceptional” gain in Europe last month was fuelled by a 28% increase in […]

Soaring gold price leads to a refining boom

In a refinery just outside Uganda’s main airport, workers slip bars of freshly refined gold into clear plastic bags sealed with a sticker of the national flag — black, yellow and red — and the label “Ugandan’s Treasure.” Uganda produces […]

Housing costs push 2019 inflation rate up to 0.9% – CSO

New Central Statistics Office figures show the rate of inflation almost doubled in 2019 compared to 2018 with housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels showing the biggest price increases since 2015. Consumer prices rose by 0.9% in 2019, after […]

Central Bank announces consumer and investor protection priorities for 2020

The Central Bank has said that the protection of borrowers in mortgage arrears will continue to be a key priority for it during 2020. Derville Rowland, Director General, Financial Conduct at the Central Bank, said the bank will closely monitor […]

Dow, S&P 500 at record highs after US-China trade deal

The Dow Jones and S&P 500 rose to record highs on Wall Street last night following a volatile session marked the signing of the long-awaited US-China trade agreement.  The Dow Jones gained 0.3% to finish at 29,030 and the broad-based […]

State may exit US currency blacklist

The United States may remove Ireland from its list of potential currency manipulators next year after the State’s current account surplus turned to a deficit in 2019. The US Department of the Treasury updated its guidance this week. While the […]

Residential property prices rise by 1.4% in November

Residential property prices posted annual growth of 1.4% in November, the fastest growth in three months, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show. The increase of 1.4% in November is down sharply from growth of 7.2% a year ago, […]

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