There are a number of key Irish economic figures due for release in the coming week, including residential property prices, retail sales and private-sector credit for January, as well as official employment data for the fourth quarter.
The employment numbers will be the most critical, because an improving labour market and higher employment should over time lead to increased consumer spending, higher property prices and a reduction in the level of mortgage arrears.
<b> <i> We are anticipating another strong year-on-year increase in the numbers at work. An annual employment rise of 60,000 is forecast, up from a rise of 58,000 in the third quarter.
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