While the banks in the Republic have made significant progress in lowering their NPLs ratio, it stood at 8.5 per cent last December

Companies in the food and accommodation sector have among the highest level of bad loans in the Republic, with 16.5 per cent of such borrowings classi(...)

Some €875 million – or 7.3 per cent – of all performing loans to SMEs have a “high vulnerability” suggesting their ability to repay in the event of a downturn would be threatened, according to Central Bank research. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some €875 million – or 7.3 per cent – of all performing loans to small and medium businesses have a “high vulnerability” suggesting their ability to r(...)