252 posts categorised "Press releases"

19 September 2014

PwC responds to Scottish Referendum outcome

Responding to the outcome of the Scottish referendum,Paul Terrington, PwC’s regional chairman in Northern Ireland said: “The decision of the people of Scotland to remain part of the UK will bring certainty to Northern Ireland companies doing business in Scotland “The Scottish referendum has also put decentralisation on the political...

17 September 2014

Phones 4u Limited (‘P4U', 'Phones 4u' or ‘the Company’) in administration- UPDATE

On 17 September 2014 Dixons Carphone agreed to offer employment to employees employed within the Phones 4U concessions located in Dixon Carphone outlets. There are around 164 Phones 4U concessions in Dixon Carphone outlets, employing around 800 staff. Four of these concessions are in Northern Ireland and around 21 staff...

22 May 2014

GDP data confirm, “UK amongst most rapidly growing Western economies.”

Today’s GDP figures from the Office for National Statistics confirm earlier provisional data that the UK economy grew by 0.8% in Q1 2014 and by 3.1% in the year to the end of Q1 2014. That growth rate now places the UK as amongst the most rapidly growing Western economies....

21 May 2014

London claims top spot in global ‘Cities of Opportunity’ report

London has claimed the global top spot as a centre for business, finance and culture, in PwC’s sixth annual Cities of Opportunity index of 30 major international cities – the first time the UK capital has held the title. Cities of Opportunity analysed a range of factors across 30 global...

20 May 2014

UK inflation eases upwards but GB property prices soar

Higher travel costs helped push April’s inflation rate to 1.8% - the first increase in 10 months – according to data from the Office of National Statistics, published today. Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation rose to 1.8% in April from 1.6% in March, while ONS said that unusually, Easter fell...

01 May 2014

Better than expected manufacturing performance pushes sterling higher

The data from today’s Markit/CIPS Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), says the UK manufacturing sector is performing at a five-month high. PwC chief economist in Northern Ireland, Dr Esmond Birnie said: “More good news today from UK manufacturing, reflecting the sector’s sustained improvement and growth, which pushed sterling close to...

30 April 2014

PwC warns of “two-speed recovery” as economic performance accelerates

The Northern Ireland economy is well into recovery with all the key economic indicators pointing to further improvement, according to the latest Northern Ireland Economic Outlook (NIEO) from PwC. The region’s manufacturing and services sectors have shown nine months of continuous improvement, but construction and retail remain depressed, with employment...

29 April 2014

Cyber security costs soar as businesses challenge hackers and attackers

The number of cyber-attacks on UK firms has fallen slightly over the past year, but the scale of attacks and the subsequent cost, is soaring That’s according to the Information Security Breaches Survey 2014, commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and undertaken by PwC. The 2014...

28 April 2014

Consumers would trade state pension for retirement flexibility.

UK citizens want much more flexibility over retirement and when they receive their state pension, according to new research from advisors, PwC A PwC report says that consumers would prefer to choose when they retire and would be prepared to pay a penalty in the form of a reduced state...

16 April 2014

UK average weekly earnings finally catch up with inflation

Finally, after nearly six years of declining real incomes, average weekly earnings finally overtook inflation, according to official data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Weekly wages were up 1.7% in February while official ONS data yesterday showed that consumer price inflation (CPI) had fallen for the sixth month...