BOI Economic Pulse March 2017

The Bank of Ireland Economic Pulse was at 91.1 in March 2017. The index, which combines the results of the Consumer and Business Pulses, was down 1.4 on February and 5 below last March’s reading.

The consumer picture brightened this month as households upgraded their assessment of the economy and also took a more upbeat view of their personal finances.

In contrast, the unsettled external environment remained a source of concern for many firms and contributed to a fall in the Business Pulse, though sentiment at the sectoral level was somewhat mixed.

“The business mood was more muted this month, which weighed on the headline Economic Pulse reading,” Dr. Loretta O'Sullivan, Group Chief Economist, Bank of Ireland.

View the March 2017 Economic Pulse.

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