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  1. Consumer confidence in UK at lowest level in 15 months, survey suggestsUK - relatively small sample http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/apr/29/uk-consumer-confidence-barometer-eu-referendum-gfk The latest survey of 2,000 people conducted in the first two weeks of April showed confidence dropped in all the areas measured: their personal financial situation, their view of the UK economy and whether now was a good time to make big purchases. Fears of households over-stretching on borrowing as consumer credit growshttp://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/fears-of-households-overstretching
  2. Newtownabbey construction firm placed into administrationhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-36146136
  3. House-hunters camp out in bid to snap up new properties in Tyronehttp://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/househunters-camp-out-in-bid-to-snap-up-new-properties-in-tyrone-34649003.html The desperate buyers............... Blah, Blah snap up Blah Blah, first come first served, fierce competition, word of mouth, high demand......Yawn Blah blah
  4. McGrath Bros: 171 jobs to go at Lisburn-based construction firm http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-36113741 Joint managing director Brian McGrath said trading conditions in the manufacturing and construction sectors had a "severe impact" on the business. He said: "Legacy contracts taken on during the recession have also taken their toll on main contractors and specialist sub-contractors alike, all linking to underpayments of completed works and disputed final accounts." Thursday: 'No cuts at Ulster Bank'. Friday: 'Actually 60 jobs will go' http://www.irishnews.com/business/2016
  5. Not sure how reliable, if at all. Belfast gets a mention; 0.6% rise last month, 0.9% last 3 months https://www.hometrack.com/uk/insight/uk-cities-house-price-index
  6. Average UK house price tops £200,000 for first timehttp://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/apr/01/average-uk-house-price-tops-pounds-200000 In Northern Ireland, property values increased by 1.8% year-on-year to reach £123,225 on average.
  7. Average Northern Ireland house price rises 0.8% to reach £153,000http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/news/average-northern-ireland-house-price-rises-08-to-reach-153000-34563524.html
  8. Morrow launches new Rent to Own schemeWas on BBC Newsline tonight - Lord Morrow used to be an Estate Agent............... https://www.dsdni.gov.uk/news/morrow-launches-new-rent-own-scheme The Department for Social Development has invested over £12.5million in the pilot The funding will enable OwnCo Homes, a subsidiary of the Northern Ireland Co-Ownership Housing Association, to purchase 100 affordable new homes throughout Northern Ireland. The product will be available for homes throughout Northern Ireland and will typically provide new build turnkey type homes in the starter home price br
  9. BBC Newsline looking at the PRS in NI tomorrow night 30 March 6.30pm
  10. Unemployment rises by 200, but services driving growthhttp://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/news/unemployment-rises-by-200-but-services-driving-growth-34546591.html
  11. The Economy in Northern Ireland http://www.nisra.gov.uk/publications/default.asp5.htm The latest NI Composite Economic Index report published on the 21st January 2016 provides the most recent statistics on the performance of the NI economy. The headline figures over quarter 3 2015 show: • The Northern Ireland Composite Economic Index (NICEI) results show that NI economic activity decreased by 0.8% in real terms between the second and third quarter of 2015. • This is the first quarterly decrease in the NICEI in the last four quarters. • However, the index increased by 1.1% over the year (Q
  12. One in five people living in poverty in NIhttp://www.u.tv/News/2016/03/15/One-in-five-people-living-in-poverty-in-NI-55780 Northern Ireland manufacturing 'continues to struggle'http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-35787272
  13. I thought the whole point of NAMA was "to keep the lights on"? Whatever way you cut it, the whole thing stinks. Didn't see the programme but presume the bookies tapes have a lot more to offer.
  14. Moore Stephens: Accountants who audited Presbyterian Mutual Society are fined £140,000http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-35706717 The accountancy firm which audited the Presbyterian Mutual Society (PMS) has been fined £140,000. The PMS had to be bailed out by the government in 2010 after savers rushed to withdraw money. The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) found accountants Moore Stephens failed to obtain an adequate understanding of the legal and regulatory environment in which the PMS operated. Moore Stephens audit partner, David McClean, was also fined £20,000. The FRC said
  15. Ex-Nama official Ronnie Hanna to be called before Project Eagle inquiry http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/exnama-official-ronnie-hanna-to-be-called-before-project-eagle-inquiry-34505669.html Ronnie Hanna, Nama’s former head of asset recovery, is to be summoned to appear before Stormont’s committee on finance and personnel, which is investigating the €1.6bn sale of the agency’s Project Eagle northern loan portfolio. The move follows a BBC Spotlight programme which featured a covert recording in which it was suggested Mr Hanna “prevented people’s lights going out”. The
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