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JOE GILL: The sobering truths for food and drink startups

In 1976, the average supermarket stocked 9,000 unique products; today, that number has ballooned to 40,000, yet the average person gets 80%-85% of their needs in only 150 different supermarket items.

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KYRAN FITZGERALD: How prepared are we for the next crisis?

Some 10 years ago, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. On September 29, 2008 the Irish Government announced a blanket guarantee of all the liabilities in the Irish banking system.

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KYRAN FITZGERALD: Online retail is a big threat to Ireland Inc

The Central Bank’s Philip Lane and fiscal watchdog Seamus Coffey have warned about the many risks facing the economy. They should add online shopping to the list, writes Kyran Fitzgerald

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OLIVER MANGAN: Migration from outside EU boost for labour force

The latest set of Irish labour market data published last week by the CSO saw the unemployment rate revised up from 5.1% to 5.9% for the most recent month, July.

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JOHN WHELAN: Exporters hope for US-Canada breakthrough

On Friday the US and Canada resolved enough differences to trigger a statement from US president Donald Trump to Congress that he intends to keep Canada as part of the new North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), setting in motion a 90-day clock for the parties to sign the agreement, writes John Whelan.

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KYRAN FITZGERALD: Hands-off tax approach threat to future

As asset prices have surged, putting property ownership out of the reach of many, our leaders seem unwilling to tackle key vested interests, says Kyran Fitzgerald.

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JOE GILL: How tech is re-booting traditional tourist trails

Technology and tourism collided for me last weekend and — in the process — provided some insight to how one benefits the other.

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OLIVER MANGAN: Dollar will weaken in time

The US dollar had a weak start to the year, with the euro-dollar rate rising above $1.20 and then reaching $1.25.

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JOE GILL: How to deal with climate change at a micro level

Is it such a stretch to envisage all our houses having mini solar, wind, and rainfall units that complement bigger changes undertaken by companies like the ESB, asks Joe Gill

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OLIVER MANGAN: Doubts Donald Trump’s growth spurt can be sustained

The US economy grew at an annualised rate of 4.1% in the second quarter of the year.

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JOE GILL: How we can reach out to attract the new tourists

Tourism is a key pillar of the Irish economy and is enjoying a strong recovery since the global financial crisis, writes Joe Gill

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BRIAN KEEGAN: Studying the tax incentives for going to college

The focus on tax policy over the years has changed. From the 1980s, the favoured sector was property, with tax breaks for purchases, investments, and sales in the form of things like mortgage interest relief, preferential rates of stamp duty, allowances against rental income and capital gains tax exemptions.

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JOE GILL: Good food to boost Irish tourism

The recent passing of Myrtle Allen is an opportunity to stand back and acknowledge what can be achieved in the Irish food industry with some vision, ambition, and hard work.

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OLIVER MANGAN: Slowing house price growth still means huge shortages

A new measurement of housing completions by the CSO shows the level of house-building is much lower than previously envisaged.

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BRIAN KEEGAN: Tax authorities on a football winning streak

The beautiful game has had some ugly tax wrangles, writes Brian Keegan

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JOHN WHELAN: May’s summit will be watched by Irish firms

Whatever the outcome of England’s World Cup campaign, Irish business will be hoping that sterling wins on the currency markets.

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JOE GILL: Benefitsin the Brexit mess

The aerospace giant Airbus made its views on Brexit unequivocal over the past couple of weeks. 

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OLIVER MANGAN: Global trade war unlikely

The year may have got off to a flyer, but the first half of 2018 has been characterised by the return of risk aversion and volatility in financial markets, writes Oliver Mangan.

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JOHN WHELAN: EU’s latest trade moves of no help to this country

The devil is always in the detail, particularly where trade wars are concerned.

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KYRAN FITZGERALD: Time to clean up our act on tourism

Wander down Dublin’s Grafton Street after a decent stretch of good weather and one can only be struck by the filthy stains — many caused by poorly maintained delivery vans — evident across the recently remodelled pavements.

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OLIVER MANGAN: ECB to keep rates low

A key part of the very loose monetary policy in the eurozone has been the ECB’s quantitative easing programme, involving the large-scale purchases of bonds. Market attention in the run up to last week’s meeting of the ECB Governing Council was mainly centred on if it would provide guidance on the precise date it will end the purchases, writes Oliver Mangan.

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JOE GILL: Big ideas needed to freshen upour high streets

In cities and towns outside capitals the opportunity exists to create environments that turn old shops into internet-ready retail outlets, writes Joe Gill.

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OLIVER MANGAN: Dollar set to feel the squeeze against euro

Even if the dollar continues to rise against emerging markets currencies, further gains against the euro may prove difficult, writes Oliver Mangan

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JOE GILL: Twinning tech firms with towns to promote growth

Leaders of major high technology companies like Stripe and Amazon have been meeting the Government recently over their concerns about the cost of housing and availability of accommodation in Ireland.

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JOHN DALY: America’s dying shopping malls still showing faint signs of life

On a visit to the US last month, it was impossible not to notice how the retail experience has changed over the last ten years — specifically, the decline of the shopping mall, writes John Daly.

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OLIVER MANGAN: Overheating warnings for Ireland's economy seem to be premature

Warnings about the risks of the Irish economy overheating are becoming more commonplace as the unemployment rate drops below 6% and house prices and mortgage lending continue to rise at strong double-digit rates, writes Oliver Mangan.

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KYRAN FITZGERALD: Is teaching facing artificial intelligence Armageddon?

Anthony Seldon is one of Britain’s leading educationalists and social commentators. He has served as a close adviser to former leaders, including Tony Blair and David Cameron. In recent years, he has turned his attention to the ongoing impact of new technologies, in particular, artificial intelligence (AI), on education and on society, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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OLIVER MANGAN: Gary O’Hanlon braced for ‘toughest’ Cork City Marathon

National champion Gary O’Hanlon believes tomorrow’s Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon will be one of the most challenging editions of the event.

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JOE GILL: Highlighting five ways to boost the Cork economy

Last week my colleagues in Goodbody organised an event on the theme of “funding the future of Cork”.

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OLIVER MANGAN: World economy has survived a speed bump

Last week, Germany and Japan became the latest countries to publish GDP figures, showing that their economies lost momentum in the opening quarter of the year, writes Oliver Mangan

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