Our comprehensive assessment of Ireland's operating environment and the outlook for its leading sectors are formed by bringing together a wealth of data on global markets that affect Ireland, as well as the latest industry developments that could impact Ireland's industries. This unique integrated approach has given us an impeccable track-record for predicting important shifts in the markets, ensuring you’re aware of the latest market opportunities and risks in Ireland before your competitors.
Ireland Country Risk
Ireland's economy will remain the fastest growing in the eurozone in 2015.
Systemic risks to Ireland's economy have been reduced by progress cutting the budget deficit, exiting the country's sovereign bailout, and attempts to cool the housing market.
Although private consumption will be the main driver of real GDP growth in 2015 and 2016, we expect growth to be increasingly broad-based based over the coming quarters.
Support for the ruling Fine Gael/Labour coalition will be boosted by Ireland's increasingly strong economic recovery, suggesting a growing chance of the coalition being re-elected in the next election by December 2016.
Key Risks To Outlook
Ireland Industry Coverage (5)
Food & Drink
Ireland Food & Drink
BMI View: We have long been bullish on the Irish growth story. This view played out in 2014, with recent data from the Central Statistics Office showing real GDP growth came in at 5.0% for the year. This confirmed our view that Ireland would be the fastest growing eurozone economy in 2014. This trend is set to continue in 2015, with the country's recovery built on solid foundations. Domestic demand will undoubtedly play an increasingly significant role driving growth over the coming quarters with Irish households spending again in 2015, and private consumption set to play a bigger role driving growth. As growth starts to filter down, we expect robust food consumption growth in 2015 and over our forecast period...
BMI View: A faster than expected economic recovery within Ireland is supporting growth in the insurance sector, with slow but steady growth expected in local currency terms throughout our forecast period through to 2019 based on rising rates of private financial consumption and increased demand for a broad range of insurance products. In US dollar terms, however, we expect to see a contract in market values in 2015 and 2016 following the depreciation of the euro against the dollar.
We expect private consumption to become the main driver of real GDP growth over 2015 and 2016, adding an average of 1.3 percentage points (pp) to growth in the Irish economy. Strong exports and steady investment from multinationals will continue translating into falling unemployment and rising wages. This...
Ireland Medical Devices
BMI Industry View : Ireland represents a small, but advanced medical device market, which was valued at an estimated EUR 603.9mn (USD797.2mn) in 2013. In US dollar terms, the market contracted between 2008 and 2013, but returned to growth in 2013 and is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 2.2% in US dollars, to reach USD888.3mn in 2018. Ireland has a strong medical device manufacturing sector, and is an...
Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare
Ireland Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare
BMI View: In line with our long-standing view, merger and acquisition activity targeting Irish pharmaceutical firms has remained intense in H115, while this trend is expected to continue over a multi-quarter horizon against a backdrop of strong fundamentals and Ireland's government policies to attract foreign investment in the pharmaceutical sector. Recent acquisitive trends are illustrated by ongoing merger bids between Mylan, Perrigo and Teva, as well as Actavis' acquisition of Allergan, of which the outcome will likely reshape the global generic industry. Meanwhile, strong recovery of...
BMI View: Consolidation has affected the Irish mobile market, as the acquisition of O2 by 3 has created a new market leader on equal footing with Vodafone. Meteor, owned by eircom, lags behind, but it benefits from its position in the fixed market to be the first Irish operator offering quad-play services. Bundling is a core strategy in saturated markets as it lowers churn, and enables operators to eventually upsell new services to their customer base. eircom's investments into VDSL and FTTx also had an impact into the broadband market, with UPC improving its own speeds to compete, while alternative operators have had...