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Sunday 17 December 2017

Bewley's gets QVC exposure Hi-tech firms visit Wall Street US mortgage applications dip Former banker new IEA adviser

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BEWLEY'S will today showcase their famous teas on retail channel QVC, which is viewed by more than 98 million households across the US. Mark Saunders of Bewley's said: "QVC are dedicating 24 hours to all things Irish on St Patrick's Day and we're delighted to have been chosen to participate. The coast-to-coast appearance provides excellent exposure for us and strong recognition of our standing as an iconic Irish brand."

Hi-tech firms visit Wall Street

ENTERPRISE Ireland has led a group of 20 hi-tech companies to the US for meetings with the Wall Street giant Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. The aim of the one-day event was to better position the Irish companies for potential partnership opportunities with the bank and other leading US companies.

US mortgage applications dip

APPLICATIONS for US home mortgages dipped last week despite increased refinancing, an industry report said yesterday, suggesting still-stunted demand as the spring selling season nears. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) said its seasonally adjusted index of mortgage application activity, which includes both refinancing and home purchase demand, fell 0.7pc in the week ended March 11. The MBA's seasonally adjusted index of refinancing applications rose 0.9pc. The MBA's gauge of loan requests for home purchases fell 4pc.

Former banker new IEA adviser

THE Irish Exporters Association (IEA) has appointed Philip Halpin as economic adviser. Mark Fitzgerald, IEA president, said: "Philip Halpin appointment is opportune as exporters come to grips with a new Government and the very challenging international scene. Mr Halpin's advice and support will be invaluable in ensuring exporters' requirements are factored into the Government's programmes in a comprehensive manner." Mr Halpin is a former chief operating officer at National Irish Bank.

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