By Andrew Webb, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton Northern Ireland The quickening pace of Covid-19 transmissions, and the move towards more restrictions, has created even greater uncertainty about how or even when the economy will recover. Economic confidence is shattered, and many livelihoods are at grave risk from job losses. While the economic effects of the…

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By Andrew Webb, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on our society and economy. As the initial shock of lockdown subsided, a great deal of thinking has been devoted to the type of economy into which we would re-emerge. The hope as we entered lockdown was that the economy…

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By Andrew Park, Manager, Economic Advisory, Grant Thornton As we make the tentative steps into the next stage of economic recovery and reopen more parts of our economy, the high street is slowly beginning to bustle again with activity, as shops, pubs, and restaurants welcome customers’ return. While this is cause for optimism, businesses are…

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By Andrew Webb, Chief Economist, at Grant Thornton in Belfast After any economic downturn, the hunt for the green shoots of recovery begins. Every economic indicator, from consumer and business confidence surveys, car sales data, house purchases and prices data, and retail footfall counters to job listings, redundancy announcements and unemployment statistics will be pored…

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