Ireland - Latest Economic Indicators


GDP Growth: 2002 +5% (forecast) 2001 +8.5% (est) 2000 +10% (1999) +12.0% (1998) +10.2% (1997) +9.7% (1996) 11.8% (1995)

Inflation: +5.2% (12 months to January 01)

Manufacturing output price index +3.8%

Exchequer surplus: 2000: EUR 3.0bn - General Government Surplus 4.6% of GDP

Unemployment: 3.6% (Jan 01)

Retail sales: +10.2% (year on year to December 00)

Exports EUR 92.5 bn (2001)

Exports per capita EUR 17,660 (2000)

Largest export market: Euro currency zone EUR 33bn

Balance of trade surplus: 2001: EUR 35.3bn Jan-Sep 2000 EUR 20.5bn 1999: EUR 22.5 bn 1998: EUR 17.4bn 1997: +EUR 12bn

Official reserves (Jan 01) EUR 5,780.7 bn

Balance of payments: EUR -617M (end Q3 2000) +416M 1st half 1998 -237M 1st half 1997

Government debt 39% of GDP (end 2000)

Auto sales 230,840 (2000) 170,324 (1999)

Tax take: 34.8% of GDP (1997) (Lowest in EU)

Irish Stock Market Indices  (ISEQ)

Jan.95 1848 -3.1
Jan.96 2235 20.9
Jan.97 2725 21.9
Jan.98 4054 48.8
Jan.99 5076 25.2
Jan.00 4940 -2.7
Jan.01 5744 16.3

Table shows opening index number for year and % change on previous year

GDP (Gross Domestic Product) per capita comparisons (2001 forecast). 
GDP expressed in Euro per person

European Union EU

GDP

Austria AT 29,785
Belgium BE 27,634
Denmark DK 37,419
Finland FI 30,215
France FR 27,849
Germany DE 29,140
Greece GR 13,333
Ireland IE 32,043
Italy IT 23,441
Netherlands NL 28,925
Portugal PT 12,366
Spain ES 17,742
Sweden SE 33,333
United Kingdom GB

27,849

Rest of World
Australia AU 24,624
Canada CA 26,237
Japan JP 40,860
New Zealand NZ 15,806
Singapore SG 28,602
Switzerland CH 42,366
USA US 40,753

 

Dept of Finance Monthly Economic Bulletin

Last updated: 2002.03.28  09h20 WEZ


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