Country Economic Forecasts - Ireland
The Irish economy appears to have begun Q2 2018 on a decent footing after a weak weather-related performance at the end of Q1. April delivered rises in both the services and manufacturing PMIs, as activity rebounded, and the unemployment rate dropped below 6% for the first time since April 2008. We continue to expect GDP to grow by just under 5% this year. The rate of expansion should then slow to more ‘normal’ developed economy rates of just over 2% a year from 2019 onwards. But the volatility inherent in so much activity being driven by a small number of multinational companies will continue to make forecasts for the Irish economy more tentative than for most developed countries.
Ireland: The following represents a general Table of Contents outline for the Country Economic Forecast. The actual report may cover any or all of the topics listed below.Highlights and Key Issuesfour/five paragraphs of analysis covering the main economic and political issues contained in the subsequent Economic OverviewForecast Table showing % changes for the countrywith 2 years of historical data and 4 years of forecast data for the following:Domestic demandPrivate consumptionFixed investmentStockbuilding (% of GDP)Government consumptionExports of goods and servicesImports of goods and servicesUnemploymentConsumer pricesCurrent account balance (US$ and % of GDP)Government budget (% of GDP)Short-term interest rates (%)Long-term interest rates (%)Exchange rate (vs. US dollar)Exchange rate (vs. euro)Economic Overviewtwo pages of events-driven analysis highlighting the most recent economic activity and, where relevant, political developments of the country, detailing significant changes to Oxford Economics' forecastsCharts and Tablescovering a full range of economic developments relevant to the time period covered. These could include such topics as:Contributions to GDP growthMonthly industrial outputBusiness and consumer confidenceUnemployment rateRetail salesPrices and earningsConsumption and investmentGovernment balance and debtGDP and industrial productionMonetary policy and bond yieldsBackground Information on the countryOne or two pages of text covering the main historical political and economic factors that determine the country's current positionKey Facts on the countryMap of the countryKey political factsLong-term economic and social developmentchanges since 1980Structure of GDP by outputlatest yearLong-term sovereign credit ratings and outlookCorruption perceptions index- latest yearStructural economic indicatorschanges since 1990Destination of goods' exports -prior yearslatest yearComposition of goods & services exportslatest year