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Friday 3 February 2023 Dublin: 10°C


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# Hot stuff
People spent more money than they usually would during the heatwave
Barbecues, trips to the beach, paddling pools… it all added up.
# Consumer Sentiment
Consumer confidence rises slightly in March
The marginal increase comes amid concerns about the looming property tax and cuts to pay outlined in the Croke Park II deal.
# business activity
Solid growth in Irish business activity so far in 2013
Despite the better outlook, hiring plans remain depressed for the coming months.
Column: New restructuring targets for banks don't go far enough to help distressed borrowers
Banks need strict supervision – they have crippled us and can’t be allowed run free, writes David Hall.
# Consumers
Consumer sentiment increases sharply in January
A significant drop in December took economists by surprise but confidence levels now appear to have stabilised.
# Banking
Belgian KBC to pay back €8.3bn in ECB loans
The bank says it will soon reimburse money borrowed in exceptional ECB long-term lending operations, owing to improvements in the credit markets and its own cash position.
# Consumers
Consumer sentiment stabilises after sharp decline in September
The KBC Ireland/ESRI index showed a small amount of growth though consumers still have a gloomy outlook of their household finances and unemployment.
# Consumer Sentiment
Referendum uncertainty leads to dip in consumer sentiment
But people’s expectations about jobs and household finances have improved slightly.
# Consumers
Latest consumer survey suggests fears over economy easing
KBC/ESRI consumer sentiment index rose slightly in April for the fourth month in a row.
# Consumers
Consumer sentiment picks up after December dip - but shoppers still gloomy
The latest consumer sentiment index indicates that heightened concerns over the eurozone last month have eased somewhat.
# Consumer Sentiment
Euro jitters and Budget 2012 dull consumers' moods
The KBC/ESRI index has shown that Irish consumer sentiment fell considerably in December.
# Irish Economy
Consumer confidence stays near 17-month low
Consumers are slightly more confident this month than last, but still worryingly low ahead of an austere budget.