: Syndicated

Draghi says stimulus can aid recovery after Covid but warns on ‘bad’ debt

Former European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi has warned governments to use the massive stimulus they’ve deployed in the coronavirus pandemic to upgrade their economies or face the risk of another debt crisis. In his first high-profile appearance since leaving his post in October, Mr Draghi called for “credible” economic policies to avoid disillusionment […]

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Euro area sheds almost half of jobs created since 2013

The coronavirus pandemic has wiped out nearly half of the 12 million euro-area jobs created in the seven years since the last recession, in another sign of the enormous damage wreaked on the economy. Employment slumped by 4.9 million in first half of the year, almost all in the second quarter when the most stringent […]

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Property prices rise again in June despite pandemic

Property prices rose marginally in the year to June despite the pandemic causing massive disruption to the housing market. Prices were up by just 0.1pc in June when compared with the same month last year. House building has been heavily set back by the virus, with estate agents reporting a fall off in viewing activity. […]

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Changing to four-day week will save jobs, says German union chief

The head of Germany’s largest trade union has proposed a four-day week to protect jobs threatened by digitalisation and the coronavirus-induced economic slump. Jorg Hofmann, head of IG Metall, said he planned to negotiate the reduced working hours for his members in wage talks with major players in the German automotive and mechanical parts sectors. […]

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Alaskan model may help restart the aviation industry

The aviation industry is staring into a winter of devastation but the answer could lie in colder climes. An Alaska-style safe travel model could be utilised, amid warnings Irish airports desperately need support measures for the crippled aviation sector. Traffic has collapsed by 97pc at Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Ireland West-Knock airports since the pandemic […]

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No recovery in the retail sector before 2025, says EY report

The technology sector will have recovered from the effects of the coronavirus and lockdown by the end of this year, but retail will not see 2019 levels of activity until beyond 2025. Overall, the economy here will not recover to its 2019 size until 2023 and Northern Ireland’s will take a further year return to […]

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Irish consumers now sixth-most confident in Europe

Deloitte has released it latest State of the Consumer Tracker which shows consumer confidence holding steady into July, with Ireland now in second place in Europe for consumer confidence in visiting stores in person. This is the latest of the new bi-weekly survey, which tracks Irish consumers’ attitudes towards personal well-being, financial concerns, travel and […]

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Expanded business restart grant scheme opens for applications

Applications have opened for the Government’s Restart Grant Plus Scheme after the maximum grant available was raised to €25,000. Businesses that have suffered a 25% loss of expected turnover between April 1 and June 30 can apply for the funding if they have less than 250 employees and turnover of less than €25m. Eligible companies […]

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British economy slumps into recession after record drop in quarterly output

Britain’s economy shrank by a record 20.4 per cent between April and June, when the coronavirus lockdown was tightest, the largest contraction reported by any major economy so far, according to official figures published on Wednesday. The data also showed the world’s sixth-biggest economy entered a recession as it shrank for a second quarter in […]

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Digital Hub warns of need for emergency funding from State

Dublin’s Digital Hub, which is home to more than 70 companies, has warned it may need to seek emergency funding from the State as Covid-19 impacts its finances. According to briefing notes recently prepared for Minister for Communications, Eamon Ryan, the Digital Hub Development Agency alerted his department in April of the effect of the […]

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