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 strengthens to one year high

28.06.2017 Daily blog

The euro strengthened to nearly 89p versus the pound and just under $1.14 against the dollar, while core and periphery European government bond yields rose German and French 10-year yields rose by circa 14 basis points on the back of comments by ECB president Draghi that all signs now point to a strengthening and broading recovery in the […]

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  • Ireland Newsflash – May 2017


    Strong start to the year; Employment up 3.5% y-o-y in Q1; Unemployment falls to 6.8%, Labour force growth of 1.6% y-o-y. Download the newsflash in full here: BOI_IRELAND_NEWSFLASH_May_2017

  • 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

  • Ireland Outlook – February 2017


    Domestic activity to drive growth against an unsettled external backdrop

  • Weekly Round Up 23.06.2017


    This week’s highlights: Euro/$ range bound; Sterling choppy; Brent oil falls further; Euro area PMIs edge back. Read the full Weekly Round Up below: Weekly Round Up 23 June 2017

  • The Bulletin May 2017


    The euro has strengthened against the dollar in recent weeks, breaking out of the $1.04 to $1.08 range it had been in since the start of 2017. Much though probably not all of this reflects general dollar weakness, as political controversy surrounding the Trump administration has weighed on the US currency. This also led to a brief sell […]

  • Emerging Markets Update – May 2017


    EMEs to drive pick up in global growth: China’s sovereign rating cut; Growth in India eases; Russian growth picks up; Political trouble in Brazil. Download the Update in full here: Emerging Market Update May 2017  

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Dr. Loretta O’Sullivan

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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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