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A near-empty Grafton Street in Dublin in April. A modest rise in consumer spending plans in September may have been helped by discounting and the drop in VAT. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The mood among consumers remained “overwhelmingly gloomy” in September even though it was better than in August, the latest edition of the KBC Bank Ir(...)

A closed shop on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Irish consumer sentiment bounced back in May but remained within the lowest 5 per cent of readings in the survey’s 24-year history, as an overwhleming(...)

The decline in consumer sentiment stands in stark contrast to modest monthly improvements in similar confidence indicators in continental Europe, the US, and even the UK

Irish consumer sentiment slipped to a six-year low last month as households continue to batten down the hatches amid concerns around a no-deal Brexit.(...)

The Government is on course to run a budget surplus this year for the first time in over a decade. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government is on course to run a budget surplus this year for the first time in over a decade following a near record €2.7 billion corporation tax(...)

Consumers’ outlook on their household finances improved marginally in October, the latest index from KBC Bank Ireland and the ESRI found. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Consumer sentiment weakened for a third consecutive month in October amid worries about the global economy and the risks posed by a potential no-deal (...)

Companies have had to contemplate the potential consequences of major disruptions to both the Irish economy’s capacity to trade and their own supply chains in the event the UK “falls out” of the EU next March. Photograph: Reuters

Irish business sentiment slipped to a six-year low in the third quarter as fears of a no-deal Brexit weighed on confidence. The mood among companies (...)

EU/Brexit campaign sign north of the Border: concern at Irish economic prospects is being prompted by rising unease about Brexit. Photograph: Artur Widak

Irish consumer confidence dropped sharply to a 21-month low in September as Brexit anxiety triggered worries about the broader economic outlook. Risi(...)

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(...)

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