Euro zone trade surplus grows as imports fall in November

The euro zone trade surplus widened in November because imports fell more sharply than exports.

The latest data from the EU’s statistics office Eurostat pointing to the continued weakness of domestic demand.

World Bank sees stronger growth as rich economies expand

The World Bank has raised its forecast for global growth for the first time in three years as advanced economies started to pick up pace, led by the US.

Trend in regular savings improves despite lower interest rates

One of the barometers for consumer sentiment is the savings index and the latest index from Nationwide UK (Ireland) shows an increase in regular savings in December compared to the same time the previous year.

Enterprise Ireland firms see biggest job gains in ten years

Employment in companies supported by State agency Enterprise Ireland increased by a net 5,442 last year.

Upbeat surveys on improving Irish economy

Several sources have reported positive indicators on Irish business sentiment today.

The Small Firms Associations said today the information it gathered for the final quarter of 2013 represented the strongest set of sentiment data in several years.

Euro zone companies enjoy strong finish to 2013

Businesses across the euro zone enjoyed a strong finish to 2013 as almost two years of job cuts came to an end last month, according to business surveys today.

Low inflation means low interest rates for 2014 and beyond

In the mid-1930s, consumer prices in Ireland were lower than they had been at independence in 1922. That period of deflation largely coincided with the Great

SMEs generally optimistic about 2014 – ISME survey

Small and medium-sized businesses are generally optimistic about the year ahead, according to the association representing the sector.

Frank Ryan named as IDA Ireland chairman

Frank Ryan has been appointed as the Chairperson designate of the board of IDA Ireland. The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, announced the appointment today.

European Union moves towards banking union with blueprint for failing lenders

European finance ministers have agreed on a broad blueprint for a banking union to close failing banks, before they can damage the wider economy.