News round-up: top stories at midday
House prices and retail sales have slumped in January; the EU and IMF have released bailout funds for Ireland and CRH and Aer Lingus have reported earnings
Top stories at midday are as follows:
* **Residential property prices** have slumped 1.9 per cent nationally, and by four per cent in Dublin, in the month of January.
* **January retail sales** are down 3.7 per cent.
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