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Trade surplus slips 1% but exports set to grow

Ireland’s seasonally adjusted trade surplus slipped by 1% to €3.8bn in February, although another strong export performance is anticipated for 2015, as a whole. Latest preliminary CSO figures, released yesterday, showed a 3% – or €238m – monthly rise in […]

Seeking a slice of world’s most expensive bank

It’s hard to overstate just how much global investors are captivated by HDFC Bank, India’s biggest lender by market value. Not only does the stock trade at the highest valuation among the world’s largest banks, but international funds are so […]

Population growth offers huge benefits

It might surprise you to learn that 17 million people live in a geography the same size as Munster. That geography is the Netherlands where a normal and civilised society can function, despite the challenges that come with having so […]

Irish State may retain 75% stake in re-listed Permanent TSB

The Government is expected to only dispose of 20%-25% of its stake in Permanent TSB, rather than the 40% originally envisaged. PTSB yesterday confirmed that it will use a public share offering — the first launched by an Irish bank […]

25% rise in professional job opportunities in first quarter of 2015

The availability of professional job opportunities increased by more than a quarter in the opening three months of the year, compared with a year ago. A number of sectors experienced particularly strong growth in the number of jobs available, including […]

Sharp rise in consumer debt deals going through State’s insolvency service

THERE has been a sharp rise in the number of consumer debt deals done through the State’s insolvency office. But mortgage arrears campaigners warned that the deals were not being done fast enough to cope with the huge numbers of […]

IMF predicts even stronger growth for Ireland than it forecast just last month

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is predicting stronger growth for Ireland this year and next year than it forecast just last month. In its World Economic Outlook report, published this afternoon, the Fund is forecasting GDP growth of 3.9pc this […]

Savers increasingly optimistic on putting money away

Saving is on the up as we move towards summer, with an increase in the number of people putting money away, driven by a more favourable attitude to the savings environment. A significant increase in the number of people saving […]

Bullish Ibec raises growth forecast to 5.4%

The forecast, contained in the employers’ representative’s first quarter economic outlook, published this morning, is notably more upbeat than the steady opinion offered by the Central Bank, which earlier this month, upped its 2015 growth forecast by just 0.1% to […]

Experts warn we may need to import workers

More apprenticeships will have to be created if industries expect to continue to prosper and meet demands, experts have warned. The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) said if we don’t deal with the skills shortage issue now, we may have to […]

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