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Friday 24 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Spending

All time
# vox pop
Video: How would you spend your last euro?
A chocolate bar, according to a good portion of the people interviewed in this video vox pop…
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Tuesday
In today’s Fix: Emergency Department nurses in Limerick vote in favour of industrial action; former Chief of General Staff of the Yugoslav army is jailed for war crimes; and we are left in no doubt about Madonna’s taste in blooms…
# Doom and Gloom
Front-loaded budget ‘could push economy to breaking point’
The KBC/ESRI Consumer Sentiment Index is virtually unchanged, but shows a worrying emerging trend in the medium term.
# Spending
European consumers are starting to spend more... except in Ireland and Portugal
Figures from Visa show that European consumers increased spending by 2.5 per cent in Q2… but that bailed out states were down.
# Savings
Hopes for recovery take a blow as Irish consumers increase savings
The Nationwide/ESRI savings index shows a significant increase in the amount of cash that worried consumers are keeping aside.
# Welfare
Enda Kenny announces 'radical' changes to welfare
The Taoiseach also warned of further spending cuts, saying we can “no longer afford” certain services.
HSE spent nearly €200m on taxis and private ambulances in five years
The HSE spent almost €2 million staff taxis alone between 2008 and 2010 – but has defended this, saying this was a “cost-effective solution”.
# Spending
Public not going out to spend as retail sales drop 2.1 per cent
The volume of retail sales fell by over 5 per cent in May 2011 once you exclude figures for the motor trade.
New 'less girly' Beetle unveiled - the built-in flower vase is gone
Volkswagen reinvents the classic motor again but this time they’ve tried to make it more streamlined to appeal to men too.
Irish consumer sentiment takes surprising major spike
Consumer sentiment was up significantly in March, according to the ESRI and KBC, with one of its biggest jumps on record.
The 9 at 9: Monday
Nine things you need to know by 9am: Gaddafi agrees to a ceasefire in Libya, Fianna Fáil propose reform to political donations, and how coffee addiction could be genetic…
# Inflation
ECB leaves interest rates unchanged at 1 per cent - for now
Eurozone banking head Trichet hints that while consumer confidence is growing, he may yet consider an interest rate hike to prevent risk of high inflation.
# Dept of Finance
Economic warnings repeatedly ignored by Ahern's government
An independent report into the Department of Finance has found that officials repeatedly warned Bertie Ahern’s government about its budgetary policy during the boom years – but were ignored.
# Optimism
Things can only get better
Consumer confidence levels at level not seen since 2007.