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Thereís no doubt that the Irish economy has picked up speed. So why is personal consumption expenditure still in the doldrums?
Various indicators point to a modest recovery in the domestic economy but thereís no sign of a bonanza for consumer-facing businesses
Strong economic growth is finally making a sizeable dent in unemployment, though consumer spending is still under the cosh
Economists are confident that the economy is growing but employers still arenít in the mood to hand out salary increases
Revisions to how R&D spend is accounted for, and putting a value on the sex and drugs trades, has made Irelandís economy bigger overnight
The rise of left-wing parties in the May local elections seems to have made consumers fearful of more taxes
Government tax coffers were swelled by Ä450m through the first quarter as consumers started to splurge again on new cars
The governmentís Action Plan for Jobs is having little impact in reducing the scourge of long-term unemployment
Ireland narrowly avoided recession in 2013 according to the Gross Domestic Product measure of economic growth
Blockbuster drugs coming off patent was the main reason for the decline in the value of exports from Ireland in 2013
Property prices are roaring ahead, especially in Dublin, but any feel-good factor has yet to make an impact at the shop tills
Trends in domestic demand and retail sales suggest a difficult trading environment for many SMEs. But employment data augurs well for 2014