Irish KBC/ESRI consumer sentiment index moved up to 46.8 in April from 44.1 in March, the Economic and Social Research Institute said Friday.

In April, the current economic conditions dropped to 75.1 from 76.2 in March. However, the forward-looking expectations index rose to 27.7 from 22.5 in the previous month.

David Duffy of ESRI said, Although the overall index shows an increase, consumers remain concerned about their current household finances. Nearly half of those surveyed viewed their household finances as worse than a year earlier.

KBC Bank's Austin Hughes said, The slight improvement in consumer sentiment in April comes as quite a surprise.

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