Monthly Archives: April 2014

Signs of recovery as retail sales and jobs on the rise

Town centres left decimated during the recession are now enjoying a fresh lease of life with vibrant new businesses replacing empty storefronts. With unemployment falling, consumer confidence rising and hopes of the best economic growth for a decade, Ireland’s long-suffering … Continue reading

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Dominant Dublin drives up property investment 170%

Investment in Irish property assets rose 170% in the first quarter of this year above the same period last year — but 94% of activity was in the Dublin market, and as yields compressed investors “acquired assets across the risk … Continue reading

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Construction recovery reaches fastest pace since January 2006

New orders drove growth in the Republic’s building industry last month to its fastest pace since January 2006, according to figures published today. The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) shows the sector expanded in March, its seventh consecutive month of growth, … Continue reading

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Property tax pushes consumer prices higher in March

Consumer prices rose by 0.2 per cent in the year to March, new data from the Central Statistics Office showed today. The marginal increase was attributed to increases in the cost of education, which was 4.6 per cent higher year on year … Continue reading

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House prices tipped to rise by a national average of 6pc

Property prices will rise by 10pc in Dublin in the coming months and by 6pc outside the capital, economist Alan McQuaid of Merrion Stockbrokers has predicted. He said there was evidence of a pick-up in mortgage lending by banks but … Continue reading

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Property prices rising at the fastest pace in seven years

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show that prices jumped by 8.1pc in the year to February. It was the ninth month in a row that prices rose across the country when compared with last year. A strong rise in … Continue reading

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