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Safe-haven Euro zone bonds dented by Brexit but buffered by ECB

Safe-haven Euro zone bonds dented by Brexit but buffered by ECB Germany’s 10-year bond yield edged up on Thursday as a no-deal Brexit was avoided for now but held firmly below zero percent thanks to a signal from the European […]

‘Technology can create more jobs than it eliminates,’ insists Varadkar as firm announces 600 new roles

‘Technology can create more jobs than it eliminates,’ insists Varadkar as firm announces 600 new roles Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted new technology will create more jobs than it eliminates but says that up to 40pc of today’s jobs will […]

Tourism industry looking to woo more Chinese visitors

Tourism industry looking to woo more Chinese visitors Irish tourist service providers are being urged to take steps to attract more visitors from China in order to offset any drop in numbers coming here from the UK after Brexit. Fáilte […]

No deal Brexit risks severe economic shock, IMF warns

No deal Brexit risks severe economic shock, IMF warns The UK economy risks a serious shock if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the International Monetary Fund said today, warning of severe trade disruption and slower economic growth. […]

Energy costs bump US consumer inflation higher in March

Energy costs bump US consumer inflation higher in March A jump in US fuel and electricity costs drove consumer prices higher in March but underlying trends still pointed to tame inflation pressures, according to government data released today. The fresh […]

Housebuilding boosts ‘robust’ construction growth

Housebuilding boosts ‘robust’ construction growth Construction sector output remained strong in March, and was led by housebuilding for the third month in a row, according to the latest industry figures. Ulster Bank’s construction industry purchasing managers index (PMI) tracks output […]

Euro zone banks toughen requirements for mortgage borrowers

Euro zone banks toughen requirements for mortgage borrowers Euro zone banks are toughening their requirements of prospective mortgage borrowers, a European Central Bank survey published today showed. Despite this demand for home purchase loans continued to swell in early 2019. […]

Tariff rows leave new Nafta deal ‘in trouble’

Tariff rows leave new Nafta deal ‘in trouble’ More than six months after the United States, Mexico and Canada agreed a new deal to govern more than $1tn in regional trade, the chances of the countries ratifying the pact this […]

Pace of construction activity growth slows in March

Pace of construction activity growth slows in March The pace of expansion in construction activity eased in March, the latest Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers Index shows. The index eased to 55.9 in March from 60.5 in February, but Ulster […]

Access to finance underpins upbeat era of acquisitions

Access to finance underpins upbeat era of acquisitions Improved access to finance is underpinning business optimism in Munster, fuelling increased M&A activity along with a rise in the number of businesses willing to invest to support their growth, according to […]

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