Alan Mcquaid

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Fixed-rate mortgages  increased over the fourth quarter of last year, with new drawdowns exceeding repayments by €1.8bn

New mortgage lending in the Republic rose by €1 billion to nearly €9 billion last year, according to the Central Bank. This was the largest annual inc(...)

Dublin port. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The value of Irish goods exports hit a record €13.7 billion in January while the UK accounted for less than 10 per cent of Irish exports for the first(...)

The annual rate of growth was down from 3.2 per cent in December and the lowest annual rate recorded since March last year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Retail sales volumes grew at their weakest level in nearly a year in January amid concern consumers may be tightening their belts ahead of a global sl(...)

In Ireland, workers add an average of $99.50 (€87) to the value of the economy every hour they work, according to the OECD. Photograph: Suzie Howell/New York Times

Irish workers are now officially the most productive in the world, adding an average of $99.50 (€87) to the value of the economy every hour they work,(...)

January is typically the biggest month of the year for VAT as it reflects the busy November-December shopping period.

VAT receipts jumped to a record €2.7 billion in January as strong pre-Christmas sales boosted the Government’s tax take for the month. The latest exc(...)

Shoppers in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There’s an assumption that everybody rushes around shopping in the build-up to Christmas, so if there’s a monthly decline in retail sales in December (...)

 Shoppers in Arnotts on the first day of the store’s Christmas sale. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Retail sales fell in December, the busiest shopping period of year, according to the latest official numbers. They indicate that seasonally adjusted (...)

Goodbody analyst Dermot O’Leary expressed surprise at how little sterling had moved in the past week.

Irish currency specialists believe the risk of a no-deal Brexit – the worst case scenario – has receded in recent months and that sterling is now more(...)

Photograph: iStock

Retail sales rose in the year to November, increasing by 3.6 per cent as sales of electrical goods, furniture, and newspapers and stationery rose. E(...)

Employment in the construction sector rose 13.9 per cent in the third quarter

The unemployment rate remained at a 10-year low of 5.3 per cent last month, new official figures show. On an annual basis the jobless rate was down f(...)

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