Irish economy set to bounce back sharply, says Davy

It claimed suggestions that the country’s economy is operating at full capacity represents an “unduly pessimistic” view of growth prospects. Institutions such as the European Commission argue that Ireland has one of the smallest so-called output gaps in Europe. An […]

Noonan should look before he leaps on AIB sale

Just because the bank is heading towards a point where a chunk of it could be sold, doesn’t mean it should automatically happen in a vacuum. The decision by the Finance Minister Michael Noonan to appoint a panel of advisers […]

Expected internet shopping surge is an opportunity for retailers

Clothing and footwear are set to make up the bulk of the deliveries, according to a report compiled by Barclays. The banking giant said there are likely to be similar trends in Ireland. Head of Retail & Wholesale for Barclays, […]

Eurozone to grow modestly in second half of the year

But the European Central Bank (ECB) president warned that unacceptably high unemployment and continued weak credit growth are likely to curb the strength of the recovery. The recovery in the Eurozone continues to falter, with a gauge of manufacturers dropping […]

Our business leaders have the chance to inspire a new generation

But Dr Simon Boucher has got lots of work to, because the most recent study reveals that Irish managers perform poorly in comparison to other industrial countries. Of the 21 countries surveyed, Ireland ranked 15th, well-behind the first-placed USA and […]

Business Brain: Selling a business means facing up to ‘hard realities’

Therefore, it is imperative that the preparation phase begins well in advance of the planned disposal (For example, 18 months). It is essential that the seller views the business through the eyes of a potential buyer. Owners may lack the […]

Euro wilts after Mario Draghi says ready for more policy support

The euro was already under pressure after surrendering to stop-loss selling on Wednesday, as a major chart bulwark at $1.2800 gave way. The common currency fell as low as $1.2762, nearing the 2013 trough of $1.2740. A break there would […]

Taxpayers set to reap €3.5bn from part-sale of State’s stake in AIB

A deal would be among the biggest ever on the Irish Stock Exchange, which is seen as the most likely venue for a primary float. While tax payers would reap the vast bulk of the cash, an IPO will prove […]

Companies take €10bn hit after US announces tax rule change

Junior Finance Minister Simon Harris signalled to the Irish Independent that Ireland had nothing to fear from the move by the US Treasury, which will, in theory, make inversions more difficult to do and less rewarding. In an inversion, a […]

Budget 2015: Nevin Institute calls for €800m in cuts and taxes

And the Government should use the record-low borrowing costs to fund a large-scale public investment programme focused on areas like social housing, education and high-speed broadband infrastructure, the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) has said. In its latest economic commentary, […]

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