The Economy and You

Austin Hughes has worked as an Economist for KBC for over 20 years, following stints in the Department of Finance, Central Bank and Bord Fáilte. His focus is on issues affecting the Irish and European economies. For further information contact: Austin Hughes, Chief Economist, KBC Bank Ireland 01 664 6892

Economic Updates

This section includes Austin Hughes’ analysis of topical data especially with regard to interest rates and currency markets, as well as significant Irish economic developments.


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Irish Consumer Sentiment

The Consumer Sentiment Index is a monthly report produced jointly by KBC Bank Ireland and the ESRI that aims to fill the existing information gap on the consumer sector. The index uses monthly data collected by the ESRI and is constructed using a methodology based on international best practice.

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Irish Business Sentiment

The KBC Bank Ireland/Chartered Accountants Ireland Business Sentiment Survey reflects the views of chartered accountants working in senior positions (CEO’s, MD’s and FDs) in Ireland’s leading companies. It looks beyond headline figures to give a deeper understanding on how the Irish economy is performing.

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ECB Updates

In-depth analysis on the European Central Bank.

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Occasional Articles and Presentations

Presentations, speeches, articles and seminars on various economic topics.

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