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What’s your idea?

The Ideas CampaignAs the Irish economy continues to be in recession and it looks like the Government has no coherent plan to revive economic growth, maybe it’s time we put forward our own ideas to help rebuild the economy.

You can now submit your ideas or just leave a message of support for a new online campaign to help us get out of recession.

Go to The Ideas Campaign website and put forward your own suggestions.

We’re now in recession

This Week

Some of this week’s business news.

Ireland is no longer the only Eurozone economy in recession. Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, has now entered recession. Germany’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) fell by 0.5% in the last quarter. A recession is defined as two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth. Germany was last in recession in 1996.

Following the election of Barack Obama as President, there is some optimism that he can turn around the US economy. This table shows how the US economy has performed under past US Presidents in terms of  stock market performance, inflation, GDP growth and budget deficits.

Economy under US Presidents

Wonder how will Obama do?

Ryanair has been in the news again.

The Sunday Business Post reports that Ryanair could face large fines if it fails to provide a contact e-mail address on its website. The ruling by the European Court of Justice could see Ryanair pay up to €100,000 under the EU’s E-commerce Directive, which requires company websites to include an e-mail address and an alternative way for consumers to contact the company. The ruling said a company must offer customers what it described as “a rapid, direct and effective means of communication, in addition to its electronic mail address”. At present, Ryanair offers its customers a telephone line, which is only available from 9am to 5.45pm, Monday to Friday.

Car GlassStaying with Europe, the European Commission has imposed the biggest fine in history on four companies for operating a cartel. A cartel is where firms come together to fix prices or divide up the market between them to restrict competition.

The European Commission imposed a record fine of almost €1.4 billion on four car glass manufacturers for operating a cartel and sharing commercial secrets for five years.

The penalty included the heaviest punishment inflicted on a single company: Saint-Gobain, of France, has been ordered to pay €896 million.

Fines were imposed on Pilkington, of Britain (€370 million), Asahi/AGC, of Japan (€113.5 million), and Soliver, of Belgium (€4.4 million).

The four were found guilty by European anti-trust regulators of running a cartel between early 1998 and 2003 by discussing target prices, market-sharing and customer allocations. They agreed these during secret meetings in hotels and airports.


This Week

Some of this week’s business news.

Bear MarketThe downturn in global economic activity continues. This has been reflected in the performance of global stock markets so far in 2008.

October 2008 was the worst month for shares in modern history. Investors lost $5.7 trillion in October alone. The Irish market is down 63% in 2008, the UK market is down 45% and the US market is down 33.9%. Global investors have lost $16.22 trillion so far in 2008. This is a classic example of a bear market.

The ECB and the Bank of England have responded to the financial crisis by cutting interest rates by 0.5% and 1.5% respectively. Further cuts are expected in the coming months. What effects will these cuts have on the economy?

What was originally a crisis for financial institutions has now spread to the consumer. Irish car sales have fallen dramatically. They are down 55% on 2007 and this has lead to 2,000 people losing their jobs in the Irish motor industry.

Irish unemployment is likely to reach 320,000 in 2009. An average of 725 people are now being made redundant in Ireland every week. The days of full employment are over.

Dunnes Stores stay silent on takeover rumours.

solar-usb-keyjpgBank of Ireland keep losing their customers data.

Finally, another website worth bookmarking. Yahoo Answers is a useful site if you can’t find the answer or solution to a question. There are several categories on the site and they have a Business section as well.

If you have know of any other useful websites, then let us know by posting a comment or you can email them to mrhannon [at] geralds [dot] ie


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