Household spending plunge pulls down euro zone GDP in the first quarter of 2020

A plunge in household spending and investment pulled down euro zone gross domestic product in the first quarter as the Covid-19 pandemic struck. But the fall was slightly smaller than first estimated, the European Union’s statistics office said.  Eurostat said GDP of the 19 countries sharing the euro contracted 3.6% quarter-on-quarter for a 3.1% year-on-year fall.  […]

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Transport and accommodation spending see biggest ever drops

New figures from the Central Bank show that the total value of card transactions (including ATM transactions) decreased by 35% in April – the biggest annual decline recorded since the series began.  Today’s figures are the Central Bank’s first statistics to capture a full month of data where the Covid-19 emergency containment measures were in […]

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Transport and accommodation spending see biggest ever drops

New figures from the Central Bank show that the total value of card transactions (including ATM transactions) decreased by 35% in April – the biggest annual decline recorded since the series began.  Today’s figures are the Central Bank’s first statistics to capture a full month of data where the Covid-19 emergency containment measures were in […]

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Card spending continued to rise in second quarter

Card spending continued to rise in second quarter Almost €19 billion was spent on Irish credit and debit cards between April and June, according to the Central Bank. That represents an 8% rise year-on-year, as consumers increasingly opted for cards instead of cash. The vast majority of card transactions in the second quarter – more […]

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