BUSINESS FEATURES - IRISH EXAMINER

Challenging times ahead for declining euro

In recent months, the dollar has had a stronger tone, making gains against a basket of currencies.

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We still need to talk about SMEs

The economy is clearly revving up for growth, but can the rebound really be sustained if one of its key motors, the country’s indigenous enterprises, lack the financial wherewithal to allow them to partake in the expansion both at home and abroad?

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Irish Water set to be a smaller, damper HSE

Irish Water looks set to be a damper, smaller HSE, but hopefully not quite the omnishambles. But it truly is the quango that seems to contain all that is bad about Irish governance.

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In search of the perfect tax and spend GPS

Last week’s economic data on the state of the economy would make you queasy.

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So far so good but 2014 is a year of two halves

This year has seen a lot of very robust data on the Irish economy, pointing to a strong rebound in activity. This was confirmed by the National Accounts data published last week for the first half of the year.

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Our tax focus should be on the EU, not US

The German-Irish Chamber of Commerce is based in discreet but elegant offices on Fitzwilliam Square in Dublin.

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Pain is nearly over but Government can’t win

As a rational individual, I would really hate to have anything to do with politics.

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No more heavy lifting — give us the €40bn

A weekend of back-slapping has just passed as Michael Noonan and his fellow ministers clap each other on the back at his success in getting the boys in Europe to let Ireland pay back the money its predecessor borrowed from the IMF.

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Dairy sector facing uncomfortable decisions

The Irish Dairy Board is an organisation always worth listening to when discussing prospects for milk prices.

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Dublin’s house price inflation will moderate

Recent CSO data show strongly rising Irish residential property prices.

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‘Big Phil’ has huge shoes to fill

The selection of an Irishman to head up the Agriculture portfolio at the European Commission will be seen as a major feather in the cap for the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, following a pretty fruitful week on the European front for a Government about to come under renewed attack from the Opposition.

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Focus must be on economy’s price dynamics

For virtually every central banker in the world, inflation is the enemy, although the extent of the enmity does tend to vary from country to country.

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Has FG conceded defeat on our €64bn debt?

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is on a week-long trek around Europe seeking to make better the lot of the Irish people.

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Ryanair hustle lands $22bn 200 Boeing deal

Imagine this scenario. Boeing designs an all new aeroplane that can travel faster, higher and longer.

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Low ECB rates set to last for rest of decade

The ECB surprised markets last week with its decision to ease monetary policy again.

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Scotland the economically brave?

If Scotland votes yes to independence, it will face a myriad of potential economic headaches, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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Eurozone GDP stays flat in second quarter

Falling investment and a drop in inventories kept eurozone GDP flat in the second quarter against the previous three months despite growing household consumption and a positive contribution from trade, new data showed yesterday.

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Budget must help those most in need first

Inside six weeks, Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin will present us with the bad news for 2015 — that is, the ministers will present next year’s budget.

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Newspaper industry needs a new game plan

The newspaper industry was given another unwelcome jolt by recent circulation figures showing a material decline over the past year.

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UK rate rise unlikely to happen until 2015

The Bank of England holds its monthly policy meeting this week, with signs that the Monetary Policy Committee is moving gradually towards a decision to hike interest rates.

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