However, this increase has been attributed to a "natural time lag" caused by a spike in claims in recent times, as the total number of claims declined 1.3pc in the eight months to August.
A CUT to the higher rate of tax is firmly on the Budget table as a way to provide relief to middle-income workers, provided the benefit can be clawed back from high earners.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd [IPO-BABA.N] raised the price range on its initial public offering to $66 to $68, reflecting strong demand from investors for the year's most anticipated debut and potentially the world's largest-ever IPO.
The company and selling shareholders will now raise almost $22 billion at the top of the new IPO range. Alibaba remains on track to set an IPO record if underwriters exercise an option to sell additional shares to meet demand, overtaking Agricultural Bank of China Ltd's (601288.SS) $22.1 billion listing in 2010.
The QS rankings, one of the big three international league tables, showed Trinity College Dublin remained Ireland’s top university although it dropped from joint 61st place to joint 71st.
The 500-year-old institution, which is planning a rebranding later this year aimed at making it easier for international students to identify it as a university rather than a lesser “college”, ironically found itself sharing 71st place with a “school”.
Ireland ranks highest among European countries in terms of trade confidence, according to a new survey published on Tuesday.
The study shows that Irish firms are feeling increasingly optimistic about the future with about 70 per cent of survey respondents expect trade volumes to increase over the next six months, compared to 65 per cent in the last report. However, the share of firms expecting a significant, rather than slight pick-up in trading volumes fell 3 per cent to 9 per cent.
(This HSBC report does not reflect an understanding of teh Irish market - Finfacts)
Several UK regions saw property prices reach fresh all-time highs in the month of July, with the East Midlands, the West Midlands and the South West now joining London, the East and the South East in having price levels higher than their pre-financial crisis peaks of 2007-08, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
Chris Johns: It has only been a week-and-a-half since the Scottish independence debate exploded into life - or at least into our consciousness. Saturation media coverage since the first intimations of a Yes vote has focused attention on the possible break-up of the only contemporary example of a successful European monetary union.
It is unlikely that Irish banks will be able to offload their loss-making tracker mortgages using the ECB’s asset-backed securities (ABS) programme.
Euro Topics: If the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats (SD) were able to secure 12.9 percent of the vote in Sunday's elections, thus more than doubling their share of the vote, it is above all due to widespread dissatisfaction with the country's integration policy, the liberal daily Göteborgs-Posten comments: "As a result of the unrest in many parts of the world, immigration to Sweden [in recent years] has been comparatively high. At the same time there's not enough housing or employment opportunities. As a result, people are marginalised and enclaves form on the outskirts of the big cities which seal themselves off from the rest of society. This creates dissatisfaction among the majority population and gives xenophobic forces like the SD a boost. ... If we want to reverse this trend, the other parties must take strong, concerted steps to improve integration and create a society in which there is just an 'us', a Sweden in which everyone has the chance to participate. In such a society the SD wouldn't have a chance."
France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls plans to explain his new government's austerity and reform policy to the National Assembly today, Tuesday, and then call a vote of confidence. Valls's opponents are playing right into his hands, the Catholic daily La Croix suspects: "Seldom has a head of government who was so much under fire called for a vote of confidence in the National Assembly. On the one side he is being attacked by the left-wing members of his majority - including members of his own party. These are the malcontents who criticise his policies on the grounds that they put too much stress on business and not enough on households' buying power. On the other side, the employers' association Medef is making provoking demands. ... In a way, these twin attacks are playing right into the hands of François Hollande and Manuel Valls. They let the executive cast itself as 'centrist', allowing it to say to one side that it is resisting the excessive demands of the other. In other words: give me your support or worse things will come."
Advance of the Eurosceptics continues: The success of the Sweden Democrats, like that of the Alternative for Germany party on the same day, shows that Eurosceptics continue to gain ground in Europe, the liberal Italian daily Il Sole 24 Ore warns: "There are no national elections in which nationalistic, xenophobic, Eurosceptic and anti-euro parties have failed to make progress. Their backwards-looking message first gains the support of a minority, who then becomes the majority. That happened in France with the Front National, in the UK with Ukip, in Denmark with the Danish People's Party. All of them emerged as winners from the European elections in May. Their successes have been played down on the grounds that the European elections are a sort of protest vote in which people do not act as responsibly as they do in national elections. Think again. This tide is not ebbing, it's swelling. The more people play down this danger - as if denying the obvious was enough to change reality - and the more they refuse to deal seriously with the challenge posed by the growing popular unease, the more fractured Europe becomes."
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