In brief: Dixons announces 220 Christmas jobs
Dixons Carphone has announced 220 new jobs ahead of Christmas.
The new part-time seasonal jobs will be based across the group's 125 stores nationwide - including Carphone Warehouse and Curry's PC World - and roles include retail staff and sales and customer support, along with a number of commercial positions at head office. Recruitment has already begun.
Mark Slater, Dixons Carphone managing director, said the company is looking for talented and tech-savvy people.
"Christmas, both pre-and post, is the busiest time of the year and Christmas shopping has already started," he said.
Chinese data shows economy still wobbly
Activity in China's manufacturing sector unexpectedly shrank in October for a third month, fuelling fears the world's second biggest economy may still be losing momentum despite a raft of stimulus measures.
Adding to those concerns, China's services sector also showed signs of cooling, expanding at its slowest pace in nearly seven years. As the first major indicators of business conditions in China released each month, the PMIs reinforced the view that the economy remains in the midst of a gradual slowdown which will require Beijing to roll out more support.
"While the PMI has stabilised, it is too early to confirm a bottoming out," economists at ANZ Bank said. "As deflation risks intensify, a further RRR cut before end of this year is still possible," ANZ said, referring to reducing the amount of reserves that banks must hold to free up more funds for new loans.
More than 4,000 new firms formed in October
More than 4,000 new companies and businesses were formed in October - an average of 146 every day - according to the latest figures from Vision-net.ie.
Professional services, wholesale and retail, and social and personal services were the three industry sectors that saw the highest level of new company startups.
New wholesale and retail startups increased by 74pc to 240 from 138 in the same period last year; social and personal services startups increased by 38pc to 171 from 124.
IT and construction companies also received a significant boost in numbers compared to the same period last year, up 36pc and 35pc respectively.
Dublin, Cork and Limerick were the three most popular centres for new business. Cork startup numbers grew by 45pc, from 139 to 202, while Limerick's were boosted by 66pc, from 35 to 58.