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Archive for December, 2008

€ V £ Bad news for Irish business

December 24th, 2008

With the € presently at £.95 sterling and the Bank of England stating that zero interest rates in the UK are a possibility,keeping sterling weak, Irish exporters to the UK are in trouble. We export 18% of our goods to our nearest neighbour(€16bn in 2007) while British tourists account for 50% of visitors here.

Its not surprising that Irish shoppers have been taking advantage of the value to be had across the Irish sea and up north. Not alone has the shopper benefitted from the changes in the exchange rates,recent changes in the VAT rates has seen a 6.5% difference emerging between the two jurisdictions. (21.5% in the Republic /15% in the UK).

Do you think we will have parity? (€1=£1)?

Business, Economics

Kelloggs plan €2m advertising campaign for Special K

December 22nd, 2008

In anticipation that the public will feel guilty following the eating frenzy of Christmas,Kelloggs intend spending €2m advertising Special K,its low fat cereal,in January and February. Fifty years after it was introduced in the U.S., the cereal, made mainly from rice and wheat is a popular product for who want to lose weight. The 30- second ads will air on RTE, TV3, TV4, and Sky. Ads will also appear on bus sides, billboards and shopping trolley handles. Kelloggs, via Special K will also sponsor the U.S. and U.K. version of the reality TV series “Next Top Model” from January 19th. The show is seen by Kelloggs to fit well with the Special K ethos of glamour, fitness and feeling good.

Business

The Tax Man keeping an eye on eBay sellers

December 18th, 2008

Should you have to pay tax on things you sell on eBay?

The Revenue Commissioners think you should,but before you get alarmed they are targeting the “Power Sellers.”

Revenue estimate there are at least 10,000 such sellers in Ireland, and as is the case in Canada,they may force eBay to hand over personal information on them. In Canada they focused on those sellers who earned in excess of $1,000 a month for three consecutive months.

eBay has remained silent thus far,concerning Irish sellers. It charges a commission on every sale. Ireland has proven luctative.

One international “Power Seller” recently surpassed a million positive feedbacks. Should those people pay tax?

Business

Social Partnership

December 16th, 2008

Pictured here is the ICTU voting recently to accept the latest Social Partnership Agreement, “Towards 2016″.

Congress, comprising of 55 unions, voted 305 in favour of the agreement  and 36 against.

Congress represents 620,000 workers in the Republic of Ireland.

How likely is it that the pay elements of this deal with be implemented?

Business, Economics

Opec to cut production

December 13th, 2008

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries(Opec) intend cutting oil production immediately in an attempt to halt the slide in prices. It is expected that Russia, the worlds second largest supplier,will work with the cartel to boost prices.

Opec,which controls 40% of the worlds oil supply have agreed between themselves to cut production by 2m barrels a day,but its believed that some member states have not followed through on this decision. The finger of blame is being pointed at Ecuador,Venezuela,Libya and Iran.

In recent times the price has fallen from $140 a barrel to $46 a barrel at the moment.

With the global downturn it is speculated that next year it could slide toward $30 a barrel.

Business, Economics

Mr. Tayto heading for Libya

December 12th, 2008

In an attempt to push turnover over the €100m mark Largo Foods has identified the Libyan market as a new market for the Tayto crisp.  Largo, who also produce and sell King, Hunky Dory’s,Sam Spudz,Perri, Chipsticks and Snacs, are involved in a joint-venture with a Libyan company who will produce and sell the Tayto crisp there. The product needs to be adapted to cater for the tastes of the Libyan market.(The crisps will be spicier). Largo has seen its share of the Irish market threatened by Walkers and Pringles in particular.

Largo acquired the Tayto brand in 2006 for €62m, from C&C. C&C wished to offload in order to devote its time and resources expanding its sales of Bulmers/Magners.

Business

Can Ryanair capture Aer Lingus?

December 12th, 2008

One of the most interesting Business stories in Ireland  is Ryanairs latest attempt to takeover Aer Lingus its main competitor here.

Ryanair presently owns 29.8% of Aer Lingus and last week tabled a €748m offer to buy the airline. This represents €1.40 per share,exactly half of their previous offer.

The Government and the Aer Lingus workers  own 40% of the shares(esot) in Aer Lingus.

Its fair to say that Aer Lingus are not enamoured with the bid as tabled, as they point to €1.3bn cash on the groups balance sheet.

Ryanair, on the other hand have “sweetened” the offer by stating they would create up to 1000 new jobs,would recognise the unions at the “new” Aer Lingus, and would give the state a guarantee on the Aer Lingus Heathrow slots.

Business

Inflation at lowest level in three years

December 12th, 2008

Inflation fell to its lowest level in three years in November. The annual rate dropped to 2.5%. Economists predict that next year could see deflation  kicking in for the first time in 60 years.

Business, Economics