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    The Business Saturday 1 August 2015

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    A weekly look at the world of business and personal finance with Richard Curran
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    The Recovery in Numbers

    On the face of it, what appeared to be some very good news on the economy as a whole was announced this week, when the CSO released new figures stating that GDP was up 6.5% in the first half of the year. Frances Ruane, Research Professor at the ESRI, took a closer look at what exactly is happening, what's behind the growth, and where the jobs are.
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    Dr. Emmeline Hill of Equinome

    Emmeline Hill's grandmother was a jockey, her father a horse breeder. Even though she chose a career in science, she's returned to her roots. Just over ten years ago, she discovered the speed gene for horses and has turned her discovery into a business, with horse trainer Jim Bolger her business partner and Donal Ryan its managing director. It's now an international company in 17 different countries from Europe to Australia to Japan.
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    The Psychology of Pricing

    Summer Sales are in full swing all over Ireland this weekend, with great deals and lots of prices ending with the number 99... but what's the background of such pricing techniques and what part does psychology play in them? Damien O' Reilly from the School of Retail Management in DIT lifts the lid on the range of pricing plots out there...
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    Heir Hunters

    If you've ever dreamed of a distant relative leaving you untold millions, a British company that has recently opened an Irish branch might be the answer to your prayers. Familiar to TV audiences from their BBC Show Heir Hunters, Daniel Curran, managing director of Finders International UK, and Padraic Grennan of their Irish branch are all set to find the rightful heirs to some unclaimed fortunes before the State claims the money.
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    Sanctions

    Following news that Iranian sanctions are to be lifted following a landmark deal with the US, among others, the international business community is viewing Iran from a whole new perspective. Cuba has also recently emerged from the proverbial economic cold when trade and travel restrictions were lifted between the US and the Caribbean island. But what did these sanction achieve when they were in place? Who did they impact? And what now for these economies? Dr. Karen Devine, Chair of the B.A. Programme in International Relations at DCU, and Parsa Ghaffari, an Iranian business man based in Dublin, joined Richard to discuss.
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    Songs of the Summer

    The songs of the summer conjure up memories of beaches, airports and bad dancing, but this year some people are complaining that there's no obvious summer hit. Has the rain fallen on the summer hit parade? If so, what does that mean for the artists' bottom lines? Stuart Clarke, deputy editor of Hot Press, and James Byrne of Any Other City Records - who is also a lecturer at BIMM College of Music - peruse the economics of the bangers and binners that populate our airwaves from May to September.
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    When Life is a Carnival

    The Macarena is one tune you might well hear at one of the many carnivals taking place in towns and villages all over Ireland at this time of year. But the tune may well be overshadowed by the buzz of bumper cars, the whir of the candy floss machines, and the clatter of arcade games as the fun fair rolls into town. Our reporter Liam Geraghty caught up with the Pipers, one of Ireland's oldest carnival families, in their home town of Kinsale.

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)
      Performer(s): Omi
      Performer(s): Omi
      Album: Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix), Sony
      Duration: 2:59
    • Title: Macarena
      Performer(s): Los Del Rio
      Performer(s): Los Del Rio
      Duration: 3:56
    • Title: Barbie Girl
      Composer: Rasted/Norreen/Dif
      Performer(s): Aqua
      Performer(s): Aqua
      Album: Aquarium, Universal, UMD85020
      Duration: 3:28
    • Title: Saturday Night
      Composer: Pignagnoli/Riva
      Performer(s): Whigfield
      Performer(s): Whigfield
      Album: Cool, Emi, VTCD752
      Duration: 4:03
    • Title: Step Right Up
      Composer: Elijah Jones, Ben Allen, Thomas Alan Waits, Tom Waits
      Performer(s): Tom Waits
      Performer(s): Tom Waits
      Album: Small Change, Asylum Records
      Duration: 0:35

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