The boarded-up Monsoon clothes and accessories store on Dublin’s Grafton Street. Photograph: Bryan O Brien

An index tracking business and consumer sentiment plunged to a historic low earlier this month and the fall is likely just the “tip of the iceberg” co(...)

Bank of Ireland has pencilled in 3%   consumer spending growth this year, easing to 2.8%  in 2021 as employment levels and wages continue to rise.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Irish economic activity may be dampened in the near term as households and businesses rein in spending amid uncertainty caused by the inconclusive gen(...)

Bank of Ireland’s Loretta O’Sullivan says survey findings suggest households and firms have put Brexit on the back burner for now, but  it is ‘really only the end of the beginning.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There was little evidence of the January blues for businesses or consumers as 2020 got under way, according to the latest snapshot of sentiment from B(...)

People walking  past a shopfront   advertising Black Friday discounts. Photograph:  Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Consumer sentiment “bounced” this month, leaving retailers poised to benefit from more upbeat levels of spending this Christmas, according to the late(...)

A Brexit protest outside the UK parliament.  The EU on Monday agreed to a Brexit extension until January 31st. Photograph: Getty Images

Political advances on Brexit helped improve the mood among businesses in October, but wasn’t enough to lift consumers out of their gloom, the Bank of (...)

Boris Johnson, UK prime minister with Emmanuel Macron, France’s president at their meeting in Paris. Photograph: Bloomberg

Consumer and business sentiment dropped to a new low as the threat of a no-deal Brexit inched closer, according to a new report from Bank of Ireland. (...)

“Completing EMU will require some form of fiscal integration in the end.”

Policymaking is generally a messy business. Those in the thick of it know that it rarely starts from a clean slate but is bound by past decisions. Tho(...)

Henry Street, Dublin.  The Bank of Ireland survey found that almost one in 10 households are likely to buy or build a property in the next 12 months, while just under two in five firms expect to increase basic pay over the same period.

Business and consumer sentiment rose in the State in April as the threat of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal eased as the date of its depa(...)

The consumer sub-indicator was up 1.5 compared with February but 15.8 lower compared with the same month a year earlier.

Business sentiment tumbled this month on the back of renewed concern over a disorderly Brexit with households also remaining jittery about the outlook(...)

The consumer sub-indicator came in at 89.3, down 0.9 on November’s reading and 5.4 lower than this time last year

Bank of Ireland’s economic pulse indicator recorded its second lowest ever reading in December, coming in at 88.3, down 1.6 on the prior month, and 0.(...)

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