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Borrowing costs across Europe are falling as government bonds across the euro bloc headed for a weekly advance amid faltering growth and bets inflation will remain subdued.

Irish 10-year bond yields hit a record low of 1.99 per cent this morning, as market sources predict an upgrade for the Irish economy later today fr(...)

The construction sector was the only notable exception to the trend for subdued costs. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish companies reported “steady rather than spectacular” increases in activity in the second quarter, according to the latest business sentiment ind(...)

Ships in Dublin Port being loaded with goods for export. Net exports contributed €541 million in volume terms on a seasonally adjusted basis during the first quarter. Photographer: Dara MacDonaill

The public finances look likely to substantially overshoot the Government’s deficit target for this year following the release of new positive data(...)

The largest declines in the index were in those elements of the survey relating to household finances

Confidence in the economy nosedived last month, falling back to its lowest reading since last November.The latest KBC Bank Ireland/ESRI Consumer Senti(...)

According to the index, 51 per cent of consumers expect the economy to improve further in the next 12 months.

Irish consumer sentiment recorded its highest reading in nearly seven years last month, according to the latest index from KBC Bank Ireland and(...)

More than half of businesses increased their output in the final three months of last year

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) – which indicate that the volume of retail sales rose by 3 per cent on an annual basis in (...)

Domestic rather than global developments prompted the rise in Irish consumer sentiment this month, according to KBC Bank Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish consumer sentiment continued to improve last month following a six-year high in September, as a brighter economic outlook boosted consumers’ wil(...)

Shoppers at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre in Dublin. The mood among Irish consumers reached a six-year high this month, boosted by positive news on the jobs and property fronts. Photo: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Consumer confidence soared to a six-year high this month propelled by positive news in the jobs and property markets.The KBC Bank Ireland/ESRI consume(...)

Mark Carney’s plan to guide investors on the future cost of borrowing risks being drowned out by Britain’s strengthening economic recovery. The Bank o(...)

Irish consumer sentiment rose to its highest level for almost six years in June as the property and jobs markets showed signs of improvement.The KBC B(...)

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