Economic Research Unit

The Economic Research Unit (ERU) provides commentary and analysis on economic and market events in Ireland, the UK, the Euro Area and US.

In addition to a daily blog, the ERU team provides weekly and monthly updates on the major economies, as well as regular reports on the Irish economy.  Our latest publications are available for download here.

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Euro steady ahead of French election

21.04.2017 Daily blog

The euro has been reasonably steady against the dollar over the past few days,  having jumped above $1.0.7 at the start of the week,  and fairly stable too against sterling after losing ground immediately following the surprise UK election announcement on Tuesday There is scope for some volatility in the currency markets at the start of next week, given […]

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    Ireland Newsflash – March 2017


    Economy grew by 5.2% in 2016: Preliminary estimates show GDP ahead of expectations; Domestic activity to the fore; Softer export growth. Download the Newsflash in full here: BOI_IRELAND_NEWSFLASH_MARCH_2017

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    UK Outlook – February 2017


    Softer Growth in Store: GDP to grow by 1.6% in 2017; Consumer spending to slow to 1.7%; Unemployment rate to average 5.2%; Inflation to rise to 2.8% Download the UK Outlook in full here: BOI_UK OUTLOOK_FEBRUARY 2017

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    Ireland Outlook – February 2017


    Domestic activity to drive growth against an unsettled external backdrop

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    Weekly Round Up 21.04.2017


    This week’s highlights: UK PM calls election; Sterling gains; UK retails sales decline in Q1; Euro Area PMIs strengthen further. Read the full Weekly Round Up below: Weekly Round Up April 21 2017    

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    The Bulletin March 2017


    The euro has strengthened against the dollar over the past month and threatened to break out of the $1.04 to $1.08 range it has been in since the start of 2017 (it did very briefly rise to $1.09 before falling back again). A number of factors have contributed to the move up. French bond yield […]

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    Emerging Markets Update – March 2017


    EMEs resilient as Fed hikes rates: China’s inflation falls in February; Indian rupee up in 2017 to date; Russian central bank cuts rates; Activity still weak in Brazil. Download the Update in full here: Emerging Market Update March 2017

Meet the team



Dr. Loretta O’Sullivan

Group Chief Economist
Bank of Ireland

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Michael Crowley, Senior Economist
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Patrick Mullane, Senior Economist
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Conn Creedon, Senior Economist
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Andrew Hopkins, Economist
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