The Economy & You

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Welcome to the KBC Economics blog. KBC Economist Austin Hughes presents a wide range of analysis of topical Irish, euro and global economic data every month. In addition to this, he produces the KBC Consumer Sentiment Survey which has a 25 year history of tracking consumer sentiment in Ireland.

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

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

Irish Consumer Sentiment

A monthly report produced by KBC Bank Ireland that aims to fill the existing information gap on the consumer sector. 


ECB Updates


In-depth analysis on the European Central Bank.


Occasional Articles & Presentations

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