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#Austin Hughes

# austin-hughes - Friday 15 August, 2014

Two out of three ain't bad: another ratings agency gives Ireland an A

The move should spark even more interest in our government debt.

# austin-hughes - Monday 9 June, 2014

Did the elections cause a nosedive in how good we're feeling about the economy?

KBC Bank’s consumer sentiment survey tumbled last month, with the election blamed for widespread bad humour.

# austin-hughes - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

Irish consumers in 'notably more positive mood' last month

It appears that our bailout exit made consumers feel more confident about their own financial situation too.

# austin-hughes - Wednesday 27 March, 2013

Solid growth in Irish business activity so far in 2013

Despite the better outlook, hiring plans remain depressed for the coming months.

# austin-hughes - Tuesday 5 March, 2013

Consumer sentiment weakened in February amid job concerns

Pressures on household finances and high-profile job losses contributed to the weakening of consumer sentiment in February.

# austin-hughes - Monday 11 June, 2012

Referendum uncertainty leads to dip in consumer sentiment

But people’s expectations about jobs and household finances have improved slightly.

# austin-hughes - Wednesday 11 April, 2012

Consumer sentiment brightened (slightly) in March

Consumer sentiment has risen for the third month in a row and is now at its highest level since last October according to the KBC Bank/ESRI

# austin-hughes - Tuesday 31 January, 2012

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.

# austin-hughes - Monday 30 January, 2012

Will Ireland need a second bailout? Here's what 10 economists think

Economists in Ireland are divided on whether or not the country will need a new bailout programme next year. But very few think it is likely we can return to the markets as scheduled.

# austin-hughes - Monday 9 January, 2012

Euro jitters and Budget 2012 dull consumers' moods

The KBC/ESRI index has shown that Irish consumer sentiment fell considerably in December.

# austin-hughes - Tuesday 15 November, 2011

Consumer sentiment shows surprise increase in October

Irish consumers became more positive in October, apparently finding more reasons to be optimistic about the economic outlook.