Confidence biggest threat to economy
Poor consumer confidence has been voted the single biggest threat to the Irish economy by top business executives for the third year running, with 60 per cent of CEOs surveyed by the Sunday Independent saying that it was their biggest challenge for 2011, an increase on last year's figure.
Financing from Ireland's zombie banks continues to be an impediment to business activity, even for the country's most successful businesses, with 11 per cent of CEOs ranking lack of capital as their biggest issue.
Energy prices remain a threat to 10 per cent of businesses, while private sector wages are less of a worry for top executives this year, with just one in 10 saying it is their company's greatest challenge.
Sunday Indo Business