Wednesday, December 22, 2004

ESRI forecasts 5% growth in 2005

Good news for the Irish economy:

The economic think tank, the ESRI, has predicted that the economy will grow by 5% next year. Its latest report paints a very positive picture of the Irish economy in 2004.

It says economic conditions have remained strong with GDP, the amount of goods and services produced in the economy, expected to have increased by 5.5% by the end of the year.

Looking to 2005, the ESRI predicts that a stronger euro, the lack of increases in indirect taxes in the budget and the fact that interest rates are unlikely to rise before the end of the year, will keep inflation at an average of 2.1%.


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