Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NOK) Market Share Continues To Slide

Accounts just filed by Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) Ireland see the once great telecom behemoth sliding further out of the limelight in 2012. Revenues fell 37% from €90 million to €56.2 million, leaving a pre-tax profit of just €447,000 in 2012. When you consider the firm made a...

IBRC Faces Uphill Battle In U.S., As Well As At Home

As the first tranche of sales of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) loan book auction concluded, it was looking as if the organization, placed into liquidation by the Irish government in February of this year, would face its end respectably. However, that hope has now dimmed with a...

Investec Shelves Plans To Enter Irish Mortgage Market

Ireland’s new insolvency legislations have not worked out as well as the state hoped. Just a fraction of the 15,000 expected to sign up for the arrangements have done so. Thousands say they simply can’t afford the costs. One Wicklow-based PIP (Personal Insolvency Practitioner), Eric Hendy, said fees for...

Mobile Retailers Need To Dance To Consumers' Tune

Just about everyone has a Smartphone these days, so if you catch someone busily tapping away on a tiny screen while window shopping then you mightn’t think too much of it. However, if you’re a mobile retailer you might have reason to be a little concerned. Statistics show that more...

Ryanair Adding Destinations, Free Bags; Eying 81M Passenger Goal

Despite two profit warnings in as many months, Michael O’Leary is still on course to turn around Ryanair Holdings plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:RYAAY) (LON:RYA)’s public image, while simultaneously growing the airline. As previously suggested, short of acquiring Aer Lingus, there appeared little O’Leary could do to put more bums on...

Irish Credit Unions Ready To Take On The Banks

As banking fees in Ireland continue to rise, it’s estimated that further contraction of the market, due to the withdrawal of ACC and Danske Bank A/S (CPH:DANSKE) (OTCMKTS:DNSKY) from Ireland, will mean a typical household paying upwards of €260 per year for two current accounts. It’s a dramatic change from...

Viridian Turns Up The Heat In Bord Gais Auction

The Irish state’s sell-off of national gas company, Bord Gais, is heating up - if you'll pardon the pun. Under the terms of the EU/IMF bailout, the state must privatize the energy company in order to raise €1 billion to pay off part of the national debt. The main players However,...

Conroy Goes For The Gold In Clontibret

Dublin-based mining company, Conroy Gold And Natural Resources Plc (LON:CGNR) is seeking to establish a major gold mine in Clontibret, Co. Monaghan, Ireland. The company’s exploration work has already led to the identification of a new European gold district in Ireland extending some 30 miles across Armagh, Monaghan and Cavan,...

Gabriel Resources Falls Over Romanian Gold Mine Protests

After much unrest in Romania involving some of the biggest protests since the end of communism, a specially created Romanian commission overwhelmingly rejected Gabriel Resources Ltd. (TSE:GBU) (OTCMKTS:GBRRF)’s proposed gold and silver mining project in Rosia Montana. See Seth Klarman Striking Out In Gold And Limestone Mining The company’s stock fell almost...

UTV’s Vision Puts Squeeze On TV3

There could be trouble ahead for Ireland’s TV3 television station as Northern Irish media company UTV recently announced plans to open its own station in the Republic of Ireland that will directly compete with Ireland’s first commercial broadcaster. UTV's deal with ITV The move comes on the back of UTV’s deal...

Is It The End Of The Road For Ulster Bank?

The announcement that Ulster Bank’s operations in the Republic of Ireland are to be ‘restructured’ has sent shockwaves across the entire banking sector, adding to concerns that owner, Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (ADR) (NYSE:RBS) (LON:RBS), may have plans to put the third biggest bank in Ireland (after...

Who Will Win The 4G War? A Look At The Celtic Tiger

4G has been a long time coming to Ireland after a intense struggle between the incumbent telecoms firms over the spectrum licences, but, with the recent, much-heralded launch from Eircom, it’s finally here. Given Smartphone penetration in Ireland, it’s a welcome development. Consumers are crying out for 4G to...

Tesco Struggling In Ireland's Retail 'Fruit And Veg' War

Discount supermarkets, Aldi and Lidl, have shaken up the Irish market since entering in the late 90s and have rapidly expanded with new stores regularly opening at locations all over the country. It’s good news for Irish shoppers, who hit by recession, are discovering that using the German retailers...

Ryanair Changes Course On Customer Services

Recently, at Valuewalk, we looked at the causes behind Ryanair Holdings plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:RYAAY) (LON:RYA)’s falling share price and what the airline could do to prevent customers defecting to rival airlines, given greater competition on price and Ryanair’s reputation for horrendous customer service. O’Leary improving Ryanair's customer service Well, now it...

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