Irish consumer sentiment holds steady in March

Despite a barrage of bad news about the economy, Irish consumers are not feeling any gloomier about the prospects for the year ahead.

The latest KBC Bank Ireland/ESRI Consumer Sentiment Index shows Irish consumer sentiment held steady in March.

It indicates that consumers are braced for a substantial lowering of living standards, but recent rate cuts from the European Central Bank have helped their feelings on personal finances.

However, 97% of those surveyed expect unemployment to continue to rise over the next 12 months.

KBC Chief Economist Austin Hughes says people are very concerned about the jobs market.

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