Consumer sentiment shows fourth consecutive monthly rise

Consumers are at their most confident level since January 2007, according to the latest sentiment index from KBC Bank and the ESRI.

The survey shows it rose by 1.9 points in April, compared to March.

It is the fourth consecutive monthly increase.

However, chief economist at KBC Austin Hughes, has said the debate over the Fiscal Treaty referendum could dampen people's spirits going forward.

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