A Berlin shopping mall this week. Services activity fell this month in Germany and France, the euro zone’s two largest economies, as the sector bore the brunt of new restrictions and of weak consumer confidence as job losses continued to rise. Photograph: EPA

Business activity in the euro zone has slid back into decline, according to a widely-watched survey, as rising coronavirus infections and tighter curb(...)

Gabriel Makhlouf: “There is a whammy from the pandemic that is hitting particular sectors hard and then we have the added whammy of Brexit.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Republic will be the euro zone’s biggest loser from a no-deal Brexit, which threatens to cause an economic “double whammy” on top of the fallout f(...)

“We could have raised €233 billion, which is a sign of the great market interest and trust towards the EU as an issuer,” EU budget and administration commissioner Johannes Hahn told a news conference. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

In uncertain times, investors cast about for ways to keep their money safe. Until now, the benchmark for such an investment has been German bunds: the(...)

ECB headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. Deutsche Bank says capital reserves rules are “hampering” the flow of low ECB rates to Irish borrowers. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Households and businesses in the Republic, who are paying among the highest interest rates on loans in Europe, may have to wait years to enjoy the ben(...)

Few market trades have benefitted from Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s widening lead in the US presidential election polls as green-energy stocks.

Wall Street can’t quite make its mind up about what to make of an increasingly likely Biden victory – assuming the pollsters are right this time – les(...)

 The electrical department of Arnotts store in Dublin as  Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe  announces Budget 2021. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos Dublin

The 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath was configured around a series of contractionary budgets, ones that were viewed as unavoidable but which c(...)

Bank of Ireland shares fell 4.5 per cent to €1.82. Photograph: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images

European stocks fell on Tuesday, with banks standing out as a weak spot, amid fresh fears over the timeline to a Covid-19 vaccine, uncertainties over (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure  Michael McGrath leaned towards doing more, rather than doing less. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Go big or go home, as the old saying goes. And there is no doubt the Government has decided to go big in terms of spending to combat the massive econo(...)

Whether it’s lethargy or loyalty, fear or loathing, too few of us switch mortgage. Photograph: iStock

Switching your mortgage can seem like a pain. It was hard enough to get it in the first place, right? But if new lower fixed interest rates mean about(...)

The resilience of the tax base has kept the Government’s expected budget deficit for 2020 much lower, relatively speaking, than elsewhere. It’s expected to be  some €21bn. A few months ago we were predicting a €30bn hole in the public finances. Photograph: Getty Images

According to Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ireland’s national debt was €204 billion or 57 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) at the end of la(...)

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