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The Brexit-related slide in sterling has made it cheaper to buy used cars in the UK and import them into the Republic. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Retail sales hit a three-year high in March once car purchases are excluded, as consumer shrugged off the threat from Brexit. Sales were up 8.2 per c(...)

House prices rose just 1.1 per cent in February, with the highest growth on the southside. Photograph: iStock

Dublin’s housing market may have reached “peak affordability” with prices now more than nine times the average salary, a level not seen since the heig(...)

While all elements of the KBC Bank/ESRI  index fell, consumers’ concerns were strongest about macroeconomic questions.

Shoppers could cut spending if fears of a hard Brexit and a weaker Irish economy persist, experts warn in a report today. Consumer confidence tumble(...)

 ‘Likelihood is that sentiment and spending indicators will remain on a choppy path in early 2019’ Photograph:  Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Irish consumer sentiment inched higher in January as post-Christmas sales and positive jobs news offset the ongoing Brexit woes. The latest KBC Bank(...)

House prices across the Republic are still 21.1 per cent lower than their highest level in 2007.  Photograph: iStock

There was further misery for would-be home buyers on Wednesday morning with fresh data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showing that th(...)

Consumer sentiment fell in April to its lowest level since December as households remained cautious about Ireland’s economic prospects and their own f(...)

Shoppers off  Grafton Street: households remain cautious about Ireland’s economic prospects and their own finances. Photograph: Eric Luke

Consumer sentiment drifted lower in February, albeit from a 17-year high the previous month, as households remained cautious about Ireland’s economic (...)

Thursday was the fifth day of the action before Mr Justice Bernard Barton and a jury. Photograph: Reuters

Ryanair’s director of human resources strategy and operations has rejected claims the airline’s pilot representative system for negotiating pay and co(...)

KBC economist Austin Hughes said a number of factors may be driving the monthly rise, including confirmation that the repayment of water charges would be largely completed before end-year. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Irish consumer sentiment rose to an 18-month high in September despite downbeat expectations about next Tuesday’s budget and the ongoing uncertainty a(...)

The KBC Bank Ireland/ESRI consumer sentiment index for June 2017rose last month to 105, the strongest reading since February 2016. Photograph: iStock

Irish consumer sentiment has rebounded to its highest level in 16 months as the UK election is seen as reducing the prospect of a hard Brexit. The KB(...)

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