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Euro zone inflation heading to 2% after ‘bumpy’ road – ECB’s Lane

Euro zone inflation is heading to the European Central Bank’s 2% target next year after a “bumpy” road that will see it hover near current levels for now, the ECB’s chief economist Philip Lane said today. “Even if the near-term inflation outlook is somewhat bumpy, the projected convergence of inflation to the target in 2025 […]

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Global cooperation needed around systemic risks from non-bank sector – Makhlouf

The Governor of the Central Bank has called for continued global coordination that will lead to progress in dealing with systemic risks arising from the non-bank sector. Gabriel Makhlouf said the existing regulatory framework provides a good starting point to deal with the issues, but has not been designed for this purpose. Speaking in Washington […]

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‘Significant’ drop in job openings in first quarter

There was a “significant” drop in job openings in the first quarter of the year, according to the latest Quarterly Employment Monitor from recruitment firm Morgan McKinley. The research showed a 13.8% decrease in job openings compared with the previous quarter and a year-on-year decline of 29.6%. The first quarter of the year saw a […]

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ECB could cut rates more than three times in 2024 – Simkus

The European Central Bank could cut interest rates more than three times this year and the reductions should not be held back if the US Federal Reserve delays its own cuts, Lithuanian policymaker Gediminas Simkus said today. Simkus, making some of the most dovish comments since the ECB’s policy meeting on Thursday, also said the […]

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Ibec forecasts 2% growth but global uncertainty will weigh on Irish economy

Business group Ibec has said the Irish economy is still performing robustly, despite rising inflation and higher interest rates. In its first Quarterly Economic Outlook for the year, Ibec is forecasting growth in GDP of 2% this year and 3.4% in 2025. The report forecasts higher growth in exports, investment and it said the overall […]

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AI-enabled workforce critical for future investment – IDA

IDA Ireland has said that an AI-enabled workforce is critical to transforming Ireland’s enterprise base and supporting future investment in the country. The agency has published its latest Labour Market Pulse report in collaboration with Microsoft and LinkedIn. The research, entitled ‘Unlocking the Future: Ireland’s Prosperity with Generative AI’, is focused on artificial intelligence skills […]

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Global IPO activity ‘cautiously optimistic’ in Q1

The global IPO market began the year on a cautiously optimistic note, according to analysis by EY, with activity declining in volume in the first quarter of the year, but increasing in value. 287 initial public offerings (IPOs) to the value of $23.7 billion were launched in the first three months of 2024, the report […]

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ECB expected to hold rates steady when it meets today

The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) will consider whether to make any changes to interest rates at a meeting in Frankfurt later today. But markets are not anticipating any alterations at this point, despite steady falls in eurozone inflation. Analysts do expect though that the ECB will begin trimming rates back from […]

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