Business spending on transport, which includes money spent on taxis, motor freight carriers and local delivery services, fell by 74 per cent in April. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Irish and UK businesses cut their spending by 65 per cent in April as restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus came into force. That’s accor(...)

Pharma exports account for about 60 per cent of total Irish goods exports, worth over €70 billion a year. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP via Getty Images

Irish exports jumped to a record €15.7 billion in March as demand for medicines and other treatments connected with the Covid-19 pandemic surged. The(...)

Irish retail sales crashed by nearly 13 per cent in March, their worst monthly performance since January 2009, as consumers were forced to restrict th(...)

National Health Service staff at the Mater hospital in Belfast, during a minute’s silence to pay tribute to the staff and key workers who have died during the coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: PA

Irish and UK business groups have called on Dublin and Belfast to co-ordinate their response to the coronavirus outbreak amid concern that policy dive(...)

Central Statistics Office figures show goods exports reduced by nearly €2.2 billion (-16 per cent ) to €11.6 billion in February. File Photograph: The Irish Times

Irish goods exports dropped by almost €2.2 billion in February as coronavirus, still largely confined to Asia back then, hit global trade. Central St(...)

The retail sectors with the largest month on month volume increases were furniture and lighting (+6.6 per cent ) and clothing, footwear and textiles (+3.2 per cent).

Irish retail sales went into reverse in February, registering their worst monthly performance in five years. The slowdown comes before the coronavir(...)

The wealthiest 10 per cent of households have net wealth greater than €835,000, the CSO survey found.

Irish households are 80 per cent wealthier than they were at the low point of the recession, on paper at least, according to new figures from the Cent(...)

Household net worth is calculated by adding the total value of the housing stock and financial assets – such as cash savings, shares, pensions and possessions such as cars and antiques – and subtracting debt owed or liabilities. Photograph: iStock

Irish households have reduced their debt by a third since the crash, figures from the Central Bank show. After a nearly a decade of belt-tightening, (...)

Shopper on Dublin’s  Henry Street: All five main elements of the KBC Bank consumer sentiment index posted sharp monthly gains in November. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Irish consumer sentiment rebounded sharply last month as the threat of a “crash-out” Brexit receded. The latest KBC Bank Ireland/ESRI consumer sentim(...)

House prices in Dublin are now more than nine times the average salary, a level not seen since the height of the boom. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Irish houses are not overvalued despite prices rising by 85 per cent since 2013, a report by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has con(...)

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