With Christmas Day just gone falling on a Sunday, shoppers had two extra days to complete their shopping lists. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Kantar Worldpanel figures put Supervalu back in top spot, just ahead of Dunnes Stores

The latest Residential Property Price Index (RPPI) shows prices in Dublin were up 1 per cent in November and by 5.9 per cent on an annual basis. Photograph: Frank Miller

Government scheme and loosening of Central Bank rules appear to be stoking demand

Brexit and the related slide in sterling fit the definition of a serious economic disturbance, Ibec said.

EU rules provide for cases of serious economic disturbance, says employers’ group

 Government is  likely to insist on use of fibre, which can deliver speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps, in its national broadband plan. Photograph: Michael Smith/Getty Images

Study of download speeds ranks wireless firm Imagine second to fibre provider Virgin

Davy stockbrokers predicts the level of home-building and mortgage lending could also potentially double or triple over the next five to 10 years. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Davy stockbrokers cites help-to-buy scheme and loosening of lending rules as key drivers

Demand outstripping supply: offices  under construction in Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Brexit likely to further increase demand from international businesses, says Lisney

Both the housing and commercial construction categories continued to record sharp increases in activity, according to Ulster Bank’s latest purchasing managers’ index. Photograph: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

Ulster Bank PMI barometer of purchasing activity rises for 40th month in succession

Irish-American telecoms entrepreneur Ken Peterson  reportedly offered to buy Apollo House for an estimated price of €7.5 million. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Entrepreneur Ken Peterson offers to buy building and turn it into homeless shelter

Variable rate holders continue to pay price for profligate bank lending during boom years

Despite being headquartered in Dublin, Future Finance, which provides funds to more than 7,000 university students in Britain and Germany, does not yet operate in the Republic. Photograph: PA

Dublin-based start-up in talks with Central Bank about Irish licence

CBRE statistics reveal bullish market amid strong employment growth

Beef remains the single biggest component of Ireland’s food export trade, valued at €2.4bn last year

Bord Bia report highlights large number of challenges posed by UK decision to leave EU

Official estimates for dwelling completions are based on ESB meter connection data, which typically overcount the level of new builds. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Statistics based on ESB meter connections ‘wholly unreliable’, says architect

The FTSE 100 rose 0.4 per cent  on Monday after hitting an all-time high of 7,243.76 points in its 10th straight session of gain. Photograph:  Lauren Hurley/PA

Sterling weakens on comments by May on post-Brexit trade

Julie Sinnamon: “I’ve no doubt that the UK will get their act together and really begin to proactively try and attract more companies there.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Agency boss says UK agencies are actively courting Irish agri-food companies

Wall Street was flat after the open on the last trading day of 2016 due to losses across most sectors, but was still on track to record hefty gains for the year.  Photograph: Stephen Yang/Reuters

FTSE rises 0.3% to end year at new record as Iseq falls over 300 points on annual basis

Eir,   Siro and Enet - the shortlisted bidders for the delivery of the NBP

Eir, Siro and Enet – the shortlisted telcos bidding for the NBP to end ‘digital divide’

The final intervention number will be key to the success of the project, which promises to bridge the so-called digital divide between urban and rural areas.

Number of homes included will determine cost of State’s rural intervention project

An Bord Pleanála recently approved EirGrid’s proposed second North-South interconnector comprising almost 300 above-ground pylons. Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish-British electricity link, built in 2012, has been out of action since September

US stocks slipped in light trading on Thursday ahead of the holiday season. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

Miners and technology shares fall most, while travel and energy shares rise in final week

The most significant monthly changes were increases in computer, electronic and optical products (+1.4 per cent). Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

CSO gauge of factory gate prices shows prices rose by 0.9 per cent in November

ECJ decision casts doubt on tax concessions offered to companies such as Santander.

Department of Finance responds to ruling in relation to Spanish tax concession scheme

Oxfam Ireland’s chief executive Jim Clarken said: “The billions shaved off Apple’s tax bill are not an abstract sum. Tax-dodging has a real human cost”

Chartered Accountants Ireland hits out at what it claims is EC’s infringement of Irish sovereignty

Ryanair put in another strong session, rising 1.7 per cent, following sector wide trends. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Two-week rally driven by rebound in beaten-down banking shares; dollar pauses

In Dublin, where supply shortages are most acute, prices were up 0.7 per cent in October and by 5.5 per cent on an annual basis. Photograph: Frank Miller

Yet RPPI figures from CSO suggest slight moderation in level of monthly inflation

The ESRI said it now expected 18,000 housing units would be built next year, significantly more than previously forecast

Think-thank says big increase in construction could bring economy close to capacity

US Federal Reserve Board chairwoman Janet Yellen: The rate hike is a signal of the Fed’s confidence in the US economy – ultimately a good thing for Ireland.  Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters

Move could be good for Irish exporters but Trump’s fiscal plans throw spanner in works

Prof Tim Callan: “Higher welfare payments helped to ensure that incomes for those relying on social welfare benefits rose in line with general incomes.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Research suggests most households enjoyed modest lift in disposable income

Gary McGann: The former Smurfit boss is up for the position of chairman of Aryzta food group.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Adviser had recommended voting down appointment because of McGann’s workload

Siro  said it  is investing €450 million in a fibre-to-the-building network that will be primarily aimed at 50 regional towns. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

ESB-Vodafone joint venture opens new Dublin headquarters in Carrickmines

Tax avoidance by multinationals costs poor countries  €92 billion a year, which could fund healthcare to save the lives of at least six million children. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

Oxfam ranks 15 countries it says facilitate tax avoidance on an industrial scale

 Ireland’s economy will grow at its slowest pace in three years in 2017, according to  Ibec. Photograph: Dan Linehan

Employers’ group predicts further weakening of sterling amid Brexit

Construction activity in the Republic has now risen almost continuously since September 2013

Building, orders and employment all rose rapidly last month, says Ulster Bank index

TenderScout founder  Tony Corrigan. The company recently scooped the grand prize at the annual Eir Spider digital technology awards

Platform that helps firms procure government tenders is enjoying a surge in business

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney: “To be in a position to support and encourage innovative solutions to such fundamental social challenges is what good government is about.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Homelessness and food waste among four projects chosen to share €1 million funding

Wall Street continued its  surge and a new high for transportation stocks added to the bullish tone. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Irish financials buoyed by global rally with Bank of Ireland and PTSB both closing up

The importance of the UK to the tourism industry in Ireland was also revealed by the CSO, with Britain accounting for 41%  of 3.5m incoming visits

Agency pulls together raft of headline indicators detailing Ireland’s involvement with the UK

Jim Power  noted there was now an array of risks to the Irish economic outlook including Brexit; the policies of US president-elect Donald Trump.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Friends First’s Jim Power says authorities fail to address supply side issues in housing market

Crushing margin of prime minister Matteo Renzi’s defeat  stirred alarm among investors in Italian stock markets. Photograph: Alessandro di Meo/EPA

INM rises 1.7% after restructuring that should pave way for return of dividends approved

Simon Kirby: he warned the  depreciation of sterling would eventually translate into an erosion of consumer purchasing power

ESRI conference told of mammoth challenge facing Britain after it withdraws

John Moloney: says Brexit is the biggest risk to  Irish food industry in the State’s history. Photograph: Frank Miller

Former Glanbia boss is the winner of the 2016 RDS Gold Medal for Enterprise

The number of women on the Live Register dropped by 14,122 (11 per cent)

CSO figures show the number of claimants fell by 2,800 last month

Approvals for buyers trading up and those remortgaging growing at a faster pace

Daily Mail offices London.  (Photograph Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

UK media group reported challenging conditions in property, energy and financial sectors

Joe Healy: “I want to put down a marker here today: this action by retailers, when some items were sold at one tenth of their production cost, will not be tolerated”

Farmers’ lobby says its members are victims of increasingly savage grocery war

The Britvic group as a whole reported a 10.1% increase in annual revenue to £1.4bn, while after-tax profits increased 10.3%  to £114.5m

Soft-drinks maker says 60% of Irish sales now in low sugar and no sugar market

 Michael Noonan said corporation tax will account for 16 per cent of total tax revenue this year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fiscal Advisory Council has warned using unexpected revenue for spending is ‘risky’

The Government estimates it has €10.5 billion in fiscal space over the next five years but the council suggested the State would eat up €4.2 billion. Photograph: iStockPhoto

Council cites evidence of slowdown in economy and ‘loss of momentum’

Minster for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan with Scotland’s  first minister Nicola Sturgeon in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Scotland’s first minister is critical of UK government’s strategy during Dublin visit

British prime minister Theresa May. The CSO report, entitled Brexit: Ireland and UK in numbers, will be released next month. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/AFP/Getty Images

Agency will also launch a page on its website tracking key social and economic indicators

Former taoiseach John Bruton: There is no way predicting the outcome of Brexit negotiations

Former taoiseach lays out possible ‘doomsday scenario’ for Irish trade

 Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

German court found the travel website had been mis-selling airline’s flights

The OECD said income from wages and self-employment among working-age households increased in a majority of OECD countries between 2010 and 2014, mainly because unemployment decreased

OECD report provides mixed picture of income inequality in Ireland

Central Bank, Dublin: the bank actively discouraged certain financial institutions from relocating here on regulatory grounds. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

ESRI study assesses impact of adopting European wealth tax structures in Ireland

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan:   he  said it was a matter for the Central Bank to decide on  tax code regulations. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Finance says Ireland in business of attracting ‘solid, operating investment’

Bank will allow SME customers free access to WebPort Global’s export platform

Former European Parliament president Pat Cox  was speaking at the Sustainability Gathering conference in Dublin, which was hosted by Sustainable Nation

Pat Cox says Ireland is in danger of becoming the climate change laggard of Europe

The number of people working in the State has reached its highest level in eight years as conditions in the labour market continue to improve. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Latest CSO figures show number of people working in State reaches eight-year high

PwC/World Bank Paying Taxes report:  the typical Irish-based company paid a total tax rate on corporate profits of 26 per cent. Photograph: iStockPhoto

PwC/World Bank report ranks countries on layers of bureaucracy for tax payment

PwC’s Ruairí Cosgrove, newly appointed president of the Institute of Company Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) with Conor Ryan, outgoing ICSA president.

Incoming president says tougher EU rules and over-regulation are a threat to growth

Minister of State for Financial Services Eoghan Murphy: department has “clear roadmap” on maximising Brexit opportunities. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Britain’s EU exit likely to trigger influx of foreign workers here, migration group advises

 Aidan Brogan, chief executive of Datalex, at the firm’s office at East Point Business Park, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Company continues to see strong momentum with platform revenue growing by 12%

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin warns of threats to Ireland’s economic model. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

FF leader says Ireland’s economic model under threat from Brexit and global downturn

Comreg has given Eir  four weeks to respond to its  findings.

Comreg claims the State’s largest telecoms firm also has shown a lack of transparency

 Gavin Slark: “This will be a further important step in the group’s development strategy in the Netherlands”

Irish firm snaps up Amsterdam-based tool and fixings distributor

Donald Trump with retired US army general Michael Flynn during the campaign. The “widely unexpected” election result has led to a surge in those looking for work outside of the US. Photograph: Reuters/Mike Segar

US-based online searches for jobs in Ireland and Canada rise 91% following election

Government has little room for manoeuvre in showdown with unions

Incoming IFA president Damian McDonald is to receive a basic salary of €185,350. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Farmers’ lobby appoints Damian McDonald as its new director general

Christmas demand: sterling has slumped 20 per cent since the beginning of the year, prompting more consumers to travel North to shop or go online in search of bargains.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Ibec notes value and volume of sales are softening because of sterling weakness

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Energy shares rebound on news that Opec nations working on deal to stabilise prices

The EU accounted for €5.18bn or 52% of total exports in September, of which 15% went to both Belgium and the UK respectively

Latest CSO trade figures suggest underlying trend remains positive

 Carraig Donn investment will also cover the refurbishment of its store in Liffey Valley shopping centre, Clondalkin, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fashion and jewellery retailer to create 20 jobs shops in Mullingar and Cork outlets

Visa’s latest consumer index shows expenditure rose by 4.3 per cent – the weakest increase since May 2015. Photograph: Frank Miller

Data from Visa hints at possible slowdown in sector amid uncertain economic outlook

Broadband speeds in some rural areas of Ireland are up to 36 times slower than those in towns and cities, according to a new survey.

New survey reveals the areas with the fastest and slowest internet speeds in the country

According to a PwC survey, some 82 per cent of Irish family-run firms said they expected the UK’s exit from the EU to have a negative impact on their business compared with just 38 per cent in the UK. File photograph: Getty Images

PwC survey suggests mood in Ireland is considerably more pessimistic than in UK

There are currently  39 office developments  under construction in Dublin, 13 of which have pre-commitments from tenants, while a further 97 either have planning or are  in the planning stages

Savills report suggests commercial pipeline can accommodate 100,000 new workers

The 0.5% October fall in consumer prices was the second largest this year, and came on the back of a 0.4% slide in September

Latest monthly figures show consumer prices fell for fourth straight month

Hibernia’s buildings occupy a prominent position on the corner of Mount Street Lower and Clanwilliam Place in Dublin

Property company optimistic on prospects for Dublin market in wake of Brexit

Permanent TSB said its loan impairments were down by €300 million compared with the end of last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mortgage drawdowns rise 12 per cent and profitability increases in third quarter

President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to reduce US corporation tax from 35 per cent to 15 per cent, which would reduce the incentive for  companies to locate outside  the US, including Ireland. Photograph: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Minister responds to speculation that US election will trigger investment backlash

Michael Noonan and his Spanish counterpart, Luis de Guindos, on Monday at a meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Brussels. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

Minister says there is perception bigger countries are afforded greater flexibility

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton: Investors expect a Clinton victory to not hinder a potential US interest rate hike next month. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Wall Street rallies on eve of US presidential election, with positive prospect of rate hike

Many investors are reaching the end of their 10-year interest-only period. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Auctioneers group predicts squeeze in the number of buy-to-let properties available

Irish Stock Exchange chief executive Deirdre Somers: Britain is “the most charismatic, the most capable. They have a machine . . . ” Photograph:   Dara Mac Donaill

Forum hears passporting may be problem but London could be US-Asia gateway

Julie Sinnamon: said Enterprise Ireland had recalled its global staff home for a week-long think-in at the start of October to identify new markets and reduce Ireland’s reliance on the UK. Photograph: Eric Luke

Enterprise Ireland head says exporters should reduce reliance on the UK

 Robbie Henshaw scores Ireland’s  fifth try  against New Zealand. Some Eir customers complained the live streaming of the match was too stuttery and too delayed to watch. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Company says it is investigating technical glitch in streaming of Ireland v All Blacks

Rush Credit Union said withdrawals could not be facilitated. Photograph: North County Leader

Union in provisional liquidation amid serious allegations

British PM Theresa May and Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “Hard Brexit” predicted to push unemployment higher. Photograph: Reuters

Department of Finance and top State agency forecasts ‘severe’ long-term consequences

Kennedy Wilson says prime commercial rents in Dublin are now €60 per square foot, up 14% year-on-year

Property developer Kennedy Wilson says Irish market likely to benefit from potential job relocations

Evening sunlight on the Millennium Bridge cross the  Liffey. Dublin’s highest score  was for the attribute “beautiful city”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Latest City Reptrak index ranks Irish capital ahead of London, Paris and Berlin

Latest CSO numbers suggest annual rate of growth is now at lowest level for three years

Latest CSO figures reflect improving conditions in the labout market

Siro delivers broadband through fibre optic cables which run alongside existing electricity connections  to buildings. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

ESB-Vodafone joint venture says it reached 36,500 homes with its fibre product

Betfair and Paddy Power app icons  on a smartphone. The two groups  merged to form Paddy Power Betfair  in February, making it the  world’s biggest publicly-listed online gaming company. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Sterling slide and strong Euro 2016 betting prompts bookmakers to raise profit forecast

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at the Department of Finance. The Tasc report says once tax breaks are introduced they tend to spread, and some remain in place long after they have served their original function

Report by think tank Tasc comes in wake of clampdown on property holding funds

US stocks steadied in late morning trading on Thursday, with the S&P 500 on track to break its longest losing streak in five years, although a fall in Facebook’s shares capped gains. Photograph: Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Sterling hits four-week high after England’s high court ruling on triggering Brexit

 The OECD’s report indicated global FDI flows decreased 5%  to $793bn   in the first-half of 2016 compared with the second half of 2015

OECD’s latest analysis of FDI trends suggests Irish figures remain highly volatile

On average households in the Republic made one trip to the North over 12 months, but the average for residents along the Border was nine

Goodbody report charts rise in traffic volumes going North

The seasonally adjusted jobless rate for males was 9% last month, while the rate for females was 6.2%

Latest official figures also show youth unemployment has fallen to 15.1%

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and Kevin Lane, Ornua CEO, at the opening of Kerrygold Park in Mitchelstown, Co Cork

Irish dairy exporter is understood to have paid up to €5m for Illinois-based business

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