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.
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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.
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<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.
<p><h5>Alan McQuaid</h5>


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