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Underlying inflation progress not enough, says ECB’s Lane

The European Central Bank is seeing some progress in its efforts to push down underlying inflation but this is not yet enough, ECB chief economist Philip Lane told a conference in Riga today. Professor Lane said he does not take a lot of comfort from the recent rapid fall in overall inflation because this is […]

ECB must keep rates at or near 4% in 2024 to get inflation down – IMF

Rapid wage growth in the euro zone could keep inflation elevated longer and the European Central Bank should hold interest rates at or near record highs during next year to extinguish price pressures, the International Monetary Fund said today. The ECB broke a streak of ten rate hikes in a row last month, fuelling market […]

Tánaiste hopeful for decision on beef exports ‘within months’

Tánaiste Micheál Martin has said that he is hopeful that Chinese authorities will reach a decision on the resumption of Irish beef exports to China “within a matter of months”. Exports to China have been stopped after a case of atypical BSE was detected in a bovine animal in Ireland. Mr Martin, who is on […]

Just 4% of top companies meet UN climate target guidelines – study

Half of the world’s 2,000 biggest listed companies have set a target to get to net-zero emissions by mid-century, but just a fraction meet tough United Nations guidelines for what constitutes a quality pledge, a report today shows. Net Zero Tracker, an independent data consortium including Oxford University, said corporate targets from Forbes2000 index companies […]

Euro zone economy started Q4 on back foot, stoking recession fears – PMI

The downturn in euro zone business activity accelerated last month as demand in the dominant services industry weakened further, a survey showed today, suggesting there is a growing chance of a recession in the 20-country currency union. The economy contracted 0.1% in the third quarter, official data has shown, and today’s final Composite Purchasing Managers’ […]

Competitiveness and costs top issues for manufacturers

Competitiveness and the cost of doing business in Ireland are among the top issues for the manufacturing sector, new data shows. However, the report by business group Ibec reveals that manufacturers are cautiously more optimistic about the business environment compared to last year. 67% of businesses surveyed said attracting and retaining talent was a major […]

Irish Entertainment & Media industry to grow 3.6% a year up to 2027

The Irish entertainment and media industry is to grow by an annual compound rate of 3.6% between now and 2027, a new report from PwC has predicted. That would see it valued at over €6.1 billion, up from €5.1 billion last year. PwC says the growth is largely due to increasing internet access – particularly […]

Corporation tax take drops for third month in a row

The Exchequer recorded a deficit of €900m at the end of October, the latest figures from the Department of Finance show. The Exchequer returns, published this afternoon, also show a drop in corporation tax for the third month in a row. Corporation tax was just over €1bn lower, or 45% less, last month than the […]

Value of output from agriculture to fall 8% this year, CSO figures show

The value of output from agriculture this year will be down 8% compared to 2022, according to the Central Statistics Office. The CSO says the decrease is mainly due to a drop in milk prices paid to farmers of 28%. The decrease masks estimated increases in prices paid to farmers in some sectors, with pig […]

Service sector growth slows for sixth month in a row – PMI

The rate of expansion in the country’s services sector slowed for the sixth month in a row in October with a survey today showing it at the second-weakest level of the current 32-month upturn. The AIB Global S&P Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 52.6 from 54.5 in September. The index has stayed above the […]