Key short-term economic indicators
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National accounts

GDP (Constant prices, SA), €m

45,619Q4 2014:+0.2%+4.1%

GNP (Constant prices, SA), €m

39,336Q4 2014:+2.3%+6.3%

General government surplus/deficit as a % of GDP

-3.1Q4 2014:::

Gross General government debt as a % of annualised GDP

109.7Q4 2014:::

Personal consumption expenditure (Constant prices, SA), €m

20,909Q4 2014:+1.3%+2.1%

Government expenditure (Constant prices, SA), €m

6,527Q4 2014:-0.1%-3.1%

Gross fixed capital formation (Constant prices, SA), €m

7,604Q4 2014:+0.7%+7.5%

International accounts

Exports of goods (SA), €m

8,366Mar 2015-1.9% -4.9%+20.9%

Imports of goods (SA), €m

4,941Mar 2015+4.4% +10.1%+9.3%

Balance of payments (Current account), €m

3,718Q4 2014:-129+879

Labour Market and Earnings

Numbers in employment, 000

1,929.5Q1 2015:-0.5%+2.2%

Unemployment rate (SA), %

10.0Apr 20150% -2.9%-13.8%

Numbers on Live Register (SA), 000

349.5Apr 2015-0.5% -2.9%-11.0%

Average weekly earnings, €

704.34Q4 2014:+5.0%+2.3%

Prices

Consumer price index, December 2011=100

101.5Apr 20150% +1.2%-0.7%

Manufacturing industries output price index, 2010 = 100

108.8Apr 2015+0.1% +4.4%+9.0%

Agricultural output price index, 2010=100

119.30Mar 2015-1.7% +0.6%-4.8%

Residential property price index, January 2005=100

80.7Mar 2015+0.9% -0.9%+16.8%

Consumption and Investment

Retail sales index, Value(SA), 2005=100

95.3Mar 2015+1.2% +3.5%+5.7%

Retail sales index, Volume (SA), 2005=100

105.9Mar 2015+1.4% +4.5%+9.2%

New private cars licensed, number

13,166Apr 2015::+12.0%

Loans to households, €m

132,626Feb 2015-0.6% -1.2%-3.5%

Loans to non-financial corporations, €m

57,860Feb 2015-0.7% -3.9%-8.3%

Variable interest rate on new housing loans, %

3.38Feb 2015+3.7% -4.5%+7.3%

Interest on consumer and other loans, %

6.17Feb 2015+6.4% +3.2%-4.5%

Production

Industrial production index (All industry, SA), 2010=100

158.0Mar 2015+2.8% +30.7%+45.5%

Dwellings completions, number

1,189Dec 2014+15.3% +0.5%+35.7%

SA = Seasonally adjusted
: = not available/not relevant
The mini-graphs above cover a period of 6 years.