The KBC Bank Ireland/ESRI consumer sentiment index declined to 105.8 in February from 108.6 in January, when it posted its strongest reading in 15 years.
However, the survey's authors said they did not regard the decline last month as "particularly surprising or alarming".
"It is often the case that the sentiment index weakens in February as the arrival of post-Christmas bills prompt a scaling back of spending intentions. Moreover, at a time of significant uncertainty worldwide, it...
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