Austin Hughes

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KBC Bank chief economist Austin Hughes said there were more positive than negative responses to all of the main elements of the survey. Photograph: Frank Miller

Irish consumer sentiment edged higher in May as spending plans improved in spite of increased uncertainty about the general economic outlook and prosp(...)

The KBC Bank Ireland/ESRI index rose to a reading of 110.4 in January, up from 103.2 in December. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Consumer sentiment has reached its highest level in 17 years, but this doesn’t signal a return to the economic boom, according to an analysis of the f(...)

While consumers were confident about the general economic outlook, they were a little more cautious about their own personal finances than in previous months.

Summer sales and holiday spending made households feel more optimistic last month with the KBC Bank/ESRI consumer sentiment index hitting its stronge(...)

For many, “the idea that the economy is running too hot seems entirely alien”. Photograph: iStock

Ireland may well be the fastest-growing economy in Europe this year, but for many Irish consumers, this has yet to have a meaningful impact. Meanwhile(...)

Main driver of better consumer sentiment was a less nervous view of household finances

Dublin-based consumers have become “notably more concerned” about the economic outlook than their counterparts in rural areas, according to new figure(...)

Irish companies’ concerns about the impact of Brexit linger, the latest business sentiment index from KBC Bank and Chartered Accountants Ireland has found.

The mood of Irish companies improved this spring, but many remain in the dark about the potential impact of Brexit, the latest business sentiment inde(...)

Dublin consumer sentiment index fell to  137.8 in the final three months of 2016. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Consumer sentiment was “notably more gloomy” in Dublin at the end of the year, according to a regional breakdown for the fourth quarter of 2016 by KBC(...)

Irish business sentiment has “worsened markedly” in the past three months as concerns about the UK’s vote to leave the European Union dented confidenc(...)

Economists at Investec said the bigger than expected breadth of the package from the Bank of England – which cut interest rates for the first time in seven years –  proved effective in the  eyes of markets

The Bank of England has cut interest rates for the first time in seven years and announced a package of monetary stimulus measures aimed at limiting t(...)

Job market concerns, fuelled by job losses in companies like Intel, may be behind a softening of consumer confidence in May. (Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times)

Irish consumer confidence fell to a fourteen month low in May, as job market concerns, uncertainty over ‘Brexit’ and a feeling that the economic reco(...)

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