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Excluding motor trades, there was a decrease of 0.3 per cent in the volume of retail sales in October compared with September. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

The volume of retail sales was up 4.5 per cent in October compared with the same period last year, but was flat compared with September, the latest fi(...)

Where free childcare is available in Ireland, such as through the Early Childhood Care and Education scheme, the hours are limited. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Irish girls outperform boys in most subjects in the Leaving Certificate; in professional exams, such as accountancy, females are again to the fore; an(...)

The driving force behind Irish exports was once again medical and pharmaceutical products

The value of Irish exports rose 1 per cent to €9.3 billion in September, while imports fell 3 per cent to €5.7 billion. This resulted in a trade surp(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank. He signalled the bank  is unlikely to begin a cycle of rate hikes until at least 2019.

Irish mortgage holders are likely to benefit from the current climate of ultra-low interest rates for another two years with European Central Bank chi(...)

The latest figures from the CSO showed production on a monthly basis was 0.4 per cent higher in September. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Irish manufacturing output fell by 3.2 per cent on an annual basis in September amid concerns over the impact of Brexit on exports. The latest figure(...)

Photograph: Alan Betson

Risk-averse Irish consumers are continuing to keep their money on deposit despite the near zero rate of return. The Central Bank’s latest monthly ba(...)

The weakness of sterling has led to higher used-car imports from the UK. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Retail sales, excluding cars, rebounded in September, as consumers came back from summer holidays and spent on back to school expenses. Car sales plu(...)

In its report, Merrion warned there was now a shortage of every type of housing and that the crisis was likely to get worse unless urgent action was taken. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government should consider penalising property investors to stop first-time buyers being priced out of the market, Merrion Stockbrokers has said. (...)

Sterling surged to a one-year high of 89p against the euro on Tuesday.

Sterling’s mini revival has brought some welcome relief to Irish exporters, but with the Brexit negotiations on a knife edge and UK growth still weak,(...)

The latest figures show the Government collected just under €30.5 billion in taxes for the period, which was €209 million less than it expected at the start of the year.  File photograph: Getty Images

Exchequer returns for the first eight months of the year suggest the scope for spending increases and tax cuts in October’s budget remains extremely l(...)

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