We’re working longer hours and are being paid less

But the results vary massively from one industry to another, and especially between the public and private sectors. Average weekly earnings fell to €688.15 by the end of June this year, down from €695.53 a year earlier, according to preliminary […]

Fine Gael junior minister calls for income tax cuts in budget

The income tax taken from pay packets should be reduced in the upcoming Budget, according to Minister of State for Finance Simon Harris. Many Government ministers were conscious that people paid 41 per cent income tax once they earned €32,800 […]

Economy set to grow by 3.1pc this year as recovery broadens

Releasing its forecast this morning, Ulster Bank said it expects the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) to rise by 3.1pc in 2014 as the recovery becomes “more broadly based”. It said that this year will mark the first since 2007 […]

Employment in manufacturing sector rises at fastest rate for 15 years

Output increased for the 12th month running, with the rate of expansion remaining sharp despite slowing from the previous month. Higher sales was the main factor leading to an increase in production, according to the latest Purchasing Managers’ Index for […]

Wall Street banks plan move to Ireland if UK quits EU

A newspaper report has quoted sources as saying Bank of America, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley were considering Ireland as a favourable location if they needed to shift operations. Plans are said to be at an early stage but attention is […]

Fall in the number of SME businesses in growth mode

And more than 80pc of firms questioned said they were not exporting, according to the latest assessment of the SME sector from cross border development body InterTrade-
Ireland. Its Business Monitor survey for the second quarter found that the number of […]

North ‘will be able to match corporation tax in South’

NORTHERN Ireland looks set to be handed the power to slash corporation tax which will help it better compete with the Republic for inward investment. The corporation tax rate in the North is 20pc, compared with 12.5pc in the Republic. […]

France cuts growth forecasts for 2014 and 2015

France today cut its growth forecasts for both this year and next and said it would miss its public deficit target this year. It urged its European peers and their central bank to take steps to boost faltering growth and […]

Wages to rise as recovery takes hold

In its latest assessment of the economy, it claimed the coming year would bring further increases in average earnings following years of pay restraint, with total wage packets being pushed up on average 0.5pc this year and 1pc in 2015. […]

German economy contracts unexpectedly in second quarter

The data, combined with weakness in other large countries like Italy, is likely to raise new doubts about the recovery in the euro zone, which is struggling to emerge from the deep financial crisis that nearly tore it apart. Germany’s […]

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