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

9,303Apr 2015+11.9% +12.3%+36.3%

Imports of goods (SA), €m

4,734Apr 2015-5.6% +6.3%+17.2%

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), %

9.8May 20150% -2.0%-16.2%

Numbers on Live Register (SA), 000

347.1May 2015-0.7% -2.5%-11.1%

Average weekly earnings, €

696.03Q1 2015:-0.9%+0.5%

Prices

Consumer price index, December 2011=100

101.9May 2015+0.4% +1.0%-0.3%

Manufacturing industries output price index, 2010 = 100

106.2May 2015-2.4% +1.0%+6.3%

Agricultural output price index, 2010=100

119.76Apr 2015+0.4% -0.4%-4.1%

Residential property price index, January 2005=100

81.6May 2015+0.5% +2.0%+13.8%

Consumption and Investment

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

94.2May 2015-2.6% -0.2%+4.3%

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

104.4May 2015-2.6% 0%+7.3%

New private cars licensed, number

9,027May 2015::+16.2%

Loans to households, €m

131,277Apr 2015-0.3% -0.7%-3.0%

Loans to non-financial corporations, €m

54,718Apr 2015-0.7% -2.8%-8.7%

Variable interest rate on new housing loans, %

3.36Apr 2015-1.8% +3.1%+5.7%

Interest on consumer and other loans, %

6.38Apr 2015+1.9% +10.0%+21.5%

Production

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

140.8Apr 2015+1.7% +17.1%+9.7%

Dwellings completions, number

1,100Mar 2015+31.6% -7.5%+37.0%

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