A tangential factor driving spending power is wage increases which added an average of 2.7% to household incomes last year. Photograph: Getty Images

Household income in the Republic jumped by 6 per cent in the first quarter of 2016, pumping an extra €5 billion into the economy and taking consumer s(...)

The Irish have more disposable income as a result of jobs growth and greater availability of credit. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish consumers buying cars, homes and furniture are driving a “miraculous economic recovery”, according to the latest spending monitor published by (...)