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# spending - Friday 3 February, 2012

3 in 5 consumers have signed up to an online discount site

Consumers’ attitude to online deals appears overwhelmingly positive, with almost 9 in 10 of customers saying they would return to purchase from a site they had previously used.

# spending - 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.

# spending - Tuesday 17 January, 2012

Visa card spending in Ireland up by 48pc last year

Irish people spent €13 billion on Visa cards last year, while the number of transactions on Visa cards grew by 76 per cent.

# spending - Wednesday 4 January, 2012

Late payment fee warning issued over €100 Household Charge

Around 700 people have already paid the charge, which came into effect on 1 January, according to the Household Charge Project Board.

# spending - Wednesday 14 December, 2011

Arab Spring takes toll on tour operator Thomas Cook

The British travel company says uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt deterred tourists this year, and it will close 200 stores over the next two years.

# spending - Tuesday 13 December, 2011

Your best post-Budget 2012 money-saving tips

Over the weekend we asked you for your best tips on saving money over the coming year. Here’s a round-up of your top tips…

# spending - Tuesday 6 December, 2011

Budget 2012: Who exactly has to pay the €100 Household Charge?

The new Household Charge is one of the most controversial proposals in the Budget – but who exactly is going to have to pay the new €100 charge?

Column: We had to make difficult cuts in the Budget - but these are extraordinary times

Social welfare spending has to be cut in order to balance the budget – but we can still protect the most vulnerable, says Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection.

# spending - Friday 2 December, 2011

Government: Tax take is €500m less than we expected

The latest exchequer figures are in – and it’s worse than expected.

Let us know: What would YOU do in the Budget?

Ireland must find savings of €3.8billion next week. How would you do it?

# spending - Tuesday 29 November, 2011

Two-thirds of people back Government's overall Budget strategy

An independent poll shows most people support the focus on spending cuts rather than tax increases.

# spending - Monday 28 November, 2011

Poll: Will motor tax hikes make you change/get rid of your car? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will motor tax hikes make you change/get rid of your car?

With a motor tax increase promised for a wide swathe of vehicle owners in the upcoming Budget 2012, how would that affect all you drivers out there?

# spending - Friday 25 November, 2011

From The Daily Edge It’s Black Friday – so here’s some crazy videos of people shopping Buy Buy Buy This post contains videos

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.

# spending - Tuesday 22 November, 2011

Cabinet meets to finalise Budget spending cuts

Ministers are due to meet this morning for final discussions on next month’s Budget, with welfare expected to be on the chopping block.

# spending - Monday 21 November, 2011

Poll: Will you borrow to pay your Christmas bills? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will you borrow to pay your Christmas bills?

A Credit Union survey says some households won’t finish paying off their Christmas bills until July. How will you cope with the season?

One in three will go into debt with Christmas spending - survey

The average Irish child will receive €164 worth of presents from their parents, according to the Irish League of Credit Unions.

# spending - Friday 21 October, 2011

Overseas visits to Ireland up 11 per cent in first eight months of 2011

Meanwhile, Irish residents made fewer trips abroad this summer.

# spending - Wednesday 19 October, 2011

Footfall increases slightly, but shoppers not spending more

Latest footfall figures show a marginal increase in visits to Irish businesses as people sought shelter from bad August weather in shopping centres.

# spending - Thursday 6 October, 2011

How to market stuff to women Purse Power This post contains images

How to market stuff to women

A seminar focusing on Ireland’s female consumer – what she thinks and, more importantly, what she buys – is underway in Dublin.

# spending - Saturday 17 September, 2011

What would happen to us if Greece defaulted? reporters have been quizzing those in the know to describe the potential fallout of a Greek debt default on Ireland’s economic, social and political scene…

# spending - Friday 9 September, 2011

From The Daily Edge Video: How would you spend your last euro? Vox Pop This post contains videos

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…

# spending - Tuesday 6 September, 2011

The Daily Fix: Tuesday Daily Fix This post contains videos

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…

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 - Monday 5 September, 2011

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.

# spending - Tuesday 9 August, 2011

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.

# spending - Monday 25 July, 2011

Enda Kenny announces 'radical' changes to welfare

The Taoiseach also warned of further spending cuts, saying we can “no longer afford” certain services.

# spending - Thursday 14 July, 2011

HSE spent nearly €200m on taxis and private ambulances in five years HSE

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 - Wednesday 29 June, 2011

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.

# spending - Monday 18 April, 2011

New 'less girly' Beetle unveiled - the built-in flower vase is gone New Beetle This post contains images

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.

# spending - Wednesday 13 April, 2011

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.

# spending - Monday 11 April, 2011

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…

# spending - Thursday 3 March, 2011

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.

# spending - Wednesday 2 March, 2011

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.

# spending - Friday 30 July, 2010

THE RESULTS of the latest Consumer Confidence Monitor show that 22% of people surveyed this month believe the country will be better off.

The figure compares favourably to March when only 9% of people felt positive and November when the figure was just 8%.

Positivity has also reached people’s personal finances with over half of people saying they expected their income this year to be higher or the same as last years income. The survey also highlighted

11% of people expected their income to be higher in the coming year.

46% expected their pay to remain the same.

A small increase in the numbers who expected to buy more goods and services

58% of people feel the economy will be better off in the year ahead.

The survey of over 1,000 people by Behaviour and Attitudes shows that people in Dublin remain the most optimistic.

However the latest review from Retail Excellence Ireland says sales have declined by over 5% in June, up from 4.94 in May and 2.02 in April.

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