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# Goods

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# Cabinet split
Trouble ahead? Independent minister undecided on Israeli goods trade ban bill
A division has emerged around the Cabinet table between Fine Gael members and independent ministers.
# trade war
EU approves tariffs on US motorcycles, bourbon and blue jeans as trade war grows
Europe’s move fuels a growing transatlantic trade war just days after a disastrous G7 summit in Canada.
# No worries
Irish people aren't going to let the emissions scandal stop them buying Volkswagens
Last month 12% of all new cars licensed were Volkswagen.
# Trade Surplus
Goods exports are up more than €400 million on last year
The figures for August show increases in exports of organic chemicals and pharmaceutical products but a fall for dairy products and birds’ eggs.
# Goods
Value of Irish exports fell by almost half a billion between December and January
However, they saw a year-on-year increase of 4 per cent in January.
# Money Money Money
Ouch, my wallet: Prices went up by 0.5 per cent last month alone
Clothes and shoes went up by almost 6 per cent alone.
# operation muster
12 arrested, four charged and one sentenced as burglary gang targeted
‘Operation Muster’ was directed at a specific crime gang which gardaí believe stole firearms and other items.
Voices
Column: Impact of Swiss vote to curtail immigrants will ripple toward Eurosceptic UK
The EU response to Swiss curtailing of migrants should be aimed at the UK, not just Switzerland, writes John O’Donnell.
# Criminal Assets
EU directive will make it easier to freeze and confiscate criminals’ assets
The directive will enable authorities in countries across Europe to confiscate assets even if the suspect or accused person is ill or has left the region.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you been sold fake goods online?
A new report says that the number of fake products seized in Northern Ireland has rocketed in just one year.
# Fakes
Interpol seize fake goods worth more than €100 million
Fake shampoo, cigarettes, beer and counterfeit clothing and DVDs were just a few items discovered in one of the agency’s largest operations ever conducted.
# basket of goods
Consumer prices increase by 1.2 per cent in one year
Alcohol, tobacco and education all increased in price while clothes and household furniture fell.
# Pricey
The EU's most expensive place for cigarettes and alcohol last year? Ireland
Ireland ranked overall as the fifth most expensive place for consumer goods and services last year.
# Fakes
Gardaí seize counterfeit clothing in Cabra
Fake designer clothes and other goods worth an estimated €100k were seized on Thursday.
# humbug
Is this ad ruining Christmas for children?
Hundreds of people have complained to the advertising watchdog in the UK about this Christmas ad from chainstore Littlewoods – but is it really that bad? (WARNING! Do not read this piece if you are under 10).
# buy buy buy
It’s Black Friday – so here’s some crazy videos of people shopping
Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year in America – but check out the extreme lengths people go to to make sure they get a bargain.
# Guaranteed Irish
Spending €4 a week on Guaranteed Irish could create over 6,000 jobs
New research highlights the possible benefits of buying Irish goods and services.