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Google complying with EU order in shopping case, says Vestager

23rd May 2019

Google complying with EU order in shopping case, says Vestager Google is complying with an EU order to boost competition in online shopping, Europe’s competition chief said today, brushing aside complaints from rivals demanding more regulatory action. Google was hit with a €2.4 billion fine two years ago for unfairly promoting its own comparison shopping […]

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UK inflation rises less than Bank of England expected in April

23rd May 2019

UK inflation rises less than Bank of England expected in April British inflation rose last month by less than investors and the Bank of England had expected but still hit its highest level this year, pushed up by a rise in energy bills. UK consumer prices rose at an annual rate of 2.1% in April […]

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Top 5 exporters account for over a quarter of all goods exports in 2017

23rd May 2019

Top 5 exporters account for over a quarter of all goods exports in 2017 New figures from the CSO show that the country’s five biggest exporters accounted for 26% of all exports in 2017 with the pharmaceutical sector the biggest exporter of goods. The Central Statistics Office said that the five highest value exporters accounted […]

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Risk of no-deal Brexit has never been greater – Coveney

22nd May 2019

Risk of no-deal Brexit has never been greater – Coveney Tánaiste and Minster for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has warned Cabinet colleagues that at no point in the last two-and-a-half years has the risk of a no-deal Brexit been greater. He said that while a hard Brexit could still be avoided, Britain had failed to […]

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US delays Huawei ban for 90 days

22nd May 2019

US delays Huawei ban for 90 days US officials have issued a 90-day reprieve on their ban on dealing with Chinese tech giant Huawei, saying breathing space was needed to avoid huge disruption. A Commerce Department filing said the delay does not change the ban imposed by President Donald Trump on national security grounds, an […]

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Unemployment rate revised sharply lower to 4.6% – CSO

22nd May 2019

The Central Statistics Office has sharply revised downwards unemployment rates for March and April, taking the level below 5% for the first time since the financial crisis over a decade ago. Monthly unemployment rates have been subject to sharp revisions in recent quarters. The CSO said today that the jobless rate in April had been […]

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US announces six-month reprieve on car tariffs

21st May 2019

US announces six-month reprieve on car tariffs The White House has said that President Donald Trump is delaying a decision by up to six months on whether to impose tariffs on imported cars and parts to allow for more time for trade talks with the European Union and Japan. It said, however, Mr Trump agreed […]

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Oil rises after OPEC+ says to keep output cuts, Iran tension rises

21st May 2019

Oil rises after OPEC+ says to keep output cuts, Iran tension rises Oil prices rose to multi-week highs today after OPEC indicated it would probably maintain production cuts that have helped support prices this year, while tension continued to escalate in the Middle East. Brent crude was up by 90 cents, or 1.3%, at $73.11 […]

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Oil rises after OPEC+ says to keep output cuts, Iran tension rises

21st May 2019

Oil rises after OPEC+ says to keep output cuts, Iran tension rises Oil prices rose to multi-week highs today after OPEC indicated it would probably maintain production cuts that have helped support prices this year, while tension continued to escalate in the Middle East. Brent crude was up by 90 cents, or 1.3%, at $73.11 […]

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Sterling rises off 5-month lows after biggest weekly drop this year

21st May 2019

Sterling rises off 5-month lows after biggest weekly drop this year Sterling inched above five-month lows today as British Prime Minister Theresa May makes a last-ditch attempt to get a Brexit deal through parliament before she leaves office. However continued scepticism from the opposition Labour Party capped gains. After failing three times to get parliament’s […]

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