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10 Dec

New car sales speed up by 1.8% in November – CSO

The number of new private cars licensed for the first time rose by 1.8% in November, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show.  The CSO said that a total of 1,676 new private cars were licensed for the first time, up from 1,647 the same month last year. Meanwhile, a total of 9,874 used

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10 Dec

NTMA says it will borrow less next year

The National Treasury Management Agency said it plans to borrow between €10 billion and €14 billion in 2020, down from a target range of €14-18 billion last year. The NTMA said a pre-funding strategy had given it a projected cash balance in excess of €15 billion. It said this gives it “significant flexibility” entering 2020

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09 Dec

Changes to flat-rate expense regime pushed out to 2021

Changes to the flat-rate expenses regime have been pushed out to 2021 as the State’s tax collector awaits results of a review by the Department of Finance. Flat-rate expenses are those that cover the cost of equipment you need for work and Revenue had planned to change how the scheme works Following parliamentary pressure, Revenue has

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06 Dec

EU agrees steps towards tighter money-laundering supervision

European Union finance ministers today backed plans for greater powers to combat money laundering after a series of revelations about large amounts of dirty money flowing through European banks. The EU last year experienced its largest money-laundering scandal when it emerged that €200 billion in suspicious payments were made between 2007 and 2015 through Danske

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06 Dec

Minister to discuss US tariffs on Irish goods

The Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee, will discuss the imposition of US tariffs on Irish goods at a series of meetings in Washington this week.  She is due to holds talks on Capitol Hill and with the American Chamber of Commerce.  In October it was announced that a range of goods from

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06 Dec

Euro zone growth curbed by trade, retail sales slowdown

The euro zone economy grew at a modest pace in the third quarter with a negative impact from trade, while retail sales fell at their sharpest rate this year in October, data showed today.  Gross domestic product (GDP) in the euro zone was up 0.2% in the three months from July to September. This was the

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05 Dec

88% of Irish SME food companies expect revenue growth in 2020

A new survey shows that 88% of Irish food companies expect revenue growth in the year ahead, with 34% of these companies expecting revenue growth of over 10%.  The SME Irish Food Barometer was carried out by PwC and Love Irish Food. It also reveals that while companies are optimistic about the growth prospects for their own

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04 Dec

Services sector growth sees strong bounce in November

The country’s service sector growth bounced back strongly last month from a seven-year low as business confidence rose to its highest level since June amid firmer demand from customers, a survey showed today.  A slowdown in manufacturing activity had threatened to spread in October to the services sector, where a long expansion in new orders

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