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Things which help demonstrate a borrower’s desirability to a bank include savings and paying rent. Photograph: iStock

It has never been easy being a first-time buyer but it has rarely been harder than it is today. Banks that 10 years ago were throwing stupid sums of (...)

Retail sales growth in the 19 countries sharing the euro currency slowed sharply in March, European statistics agency Eurostat said on Friday, as cons(...)

GDP in the euro zone expanded by 0.4 per cent in the first quarter compared to the last quarter of 2017.  Photograph: Bloomberg

Economic growth in the euro zone slowed as expected at the start of 2018, EU statistics agency Eurostat said in its preliminary flash estimate. Gross(...)

The exceptional profitability of US companies in Ireland reflects US tax law and how it is implemented by the US administration. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Since the late 1950s, the low Irish rate of corporation tax has played a key role in the successful development of the Irish economy through attractin(...)

DIT campus at Grangegorman:  substantial European Investment Bank borrowings are funding the next phase. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The European Union’s statistics agency has confirmed that hundreds of millions of euro in borrowings by Irish universities should remain off the Gover(...)

Shoppers on Oxford Street, London: “The UK economy has kept chugging along, even if weak sterling and higher inflation cut consumer spending last year and meant GDP growth, at 1.7 per cent, was the slowest among major economies.”

While interpreting UK economic data, it is best to remember one thing. Brexit has not happened yet. Pretty much everyone had expected a significant hi(...)

Ireland’s house prices increased by double digits in percentage terms for much of last year. Photograph: iStock

House prices in Ireland rose almost three times more than in the euro zone in the fourth quarter of last year. Figures from the European Union’s offi(...)

The exclusion means the EU economy officially shrinks by 13%. Photograph: PA Wire

In a sad day for British watchers of European data, the EU’s official statistics office Eurostat has started publishing data for the bloc without the (...)

With euro-zone inflation increasing to its highest level since the end of last year, backers of an end to the ECB’s asset-purchase programme will likely argue again for its winding down. Photograph: iStock

Inflation across the euro zone picked up in March following four months of decline, but the 2 per cent target set by the European Central Bank (ECB) i(...)

People and businesses across the European Union produce 58 million tonnes of plastic every year; more than 40 per cent of that total comes from packaging alone. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

For many, the image that brought the crisis home came when David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II documentary showed an albatross unwittingly feeding its(...)

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