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Tax authorities warn online bargain hunters

23rd November 2017

BARGAIN-hunters who buy online have been warned they could end up with a tax bill that will wipe out any savings they thought they had secured. Most goods bought from outside the European Union (EU) will be liable to tax and duty if they are over a certain value, Revenue warned. Officials from the tax […]

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Irish retailers fear online festive sales threat

23rd November 2017

Almost three-quarters of Irish retailers believe the biggest challenge facing them is the increasing dominance online sellers such as Amazon. But retailers here expect to generate just 25pc of their Christmas sales from online channels, according to a report from Barclays Bank Ireland. The new survey found that Irish retailers are more positive about general […]

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Recent European defeats show it is time we faced home truths about our standing

23rd November 2017

Losing out to Paris in the bid to land the European Banking Authority (EBA) this week, wasn’t quite our Thierry Henry moment. After all, the French didn’t cheat. And in fact, there wasn’t even any extra time played, or penalties after the bids from Dublin and Paris secured the same number of votes. No, instead […]

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Recent European defeats show it is time we faced home truths about our standing

23rd November 2017

Losing out to Paris in the bid to land the European Banking Authority (EBA) this week, wasn’t quite our Thierry Henry moment. After all, the French didn’t cheat. And in fact, there wasn’t even any extra time played, or penalties after the bids from Dublin and Paris secured the same number of votes. No, instead […]

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How online sales can make it the season to be jolly

20th November 2017

The holiday season is now as well known for its landmark online shopping days as it is for goodwill and cheer. From the now famous Black Friday through to the ‘Mondays’ – Cyber, Manic and Panic, to the huge Chinese Singles’ Day – consumers have more discount days than ever at their disposal and it […]

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Cautious outlook for many Irish firms as pace of growth slackens off

20th November 2017

Irish companies are reporting a slight slackening off in the pace of growth, and most say they aren’t seeing evidence of overheating in their own environment. Pay is on the rise across the economy, with increases of 2pc seen as the norm for 2018, but very few firms are seeing either no rise or increases […]

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Don’t be lazy about your home insurance – here’s how to reduce the cost of your cover

20th November 2017

Home insurance is one of those bills it’s almost certain you’re over-paying. Like all insurance, we buy it because we either have to (because the bank insists) or we’re afraid of future costs if we get burgled, flooded or there’s a fire. Most of us couldn’t possibly afford to re-build our houses if the worst […]

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War games bring hackers in from cold as cybersecurity threat grows

16th November 2017

A major shipping company is under attack. With help from a corrupt executive, an international hacking syndicate called Scorpius, has penetrated the computer networks of Fast Freight Ltd. The hackers have taken control of servers and compromised the systems that control Fast Freight’s vessels and its portside machinery. The company’s cybersecurity consultants have 48 hours […]

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Job vacancies for professionals jump 9pc in ‘record month’

16th November 2017

The number of professional job vacancies in Ireland rose by 9pc month-on-month in October, in what was a record month in terms of jobs announcements, a new study has found. However, the number of professional job vacancies dropped by 2pc in October compared to the same month in 2016, according to the Morgan McKinley Ireland […]

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More difficult to buy a home now than in the 1980s

16th November 2017

With rents above boom-time levels, and prices quickly playing catch-up, housing affordability has become a real issue over recent years. But is it more difficult for a young couple today to buy a home, compared with their parents’ generation? A useful paper from the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) suggests it is. Using data on […]

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