The latest tourism figures show a worrying drop in the numbers on the island choosing the North as a destination stay.  Photograph: PA

The number of overnight tourist trips to the North fell by 79,000

Minister for Enterprise Arlene Foster: said the North’s new competence centres, which were being funded by Invest NI, were designed to rapidly transform research into commercial success.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Advanced engineering venture funded by Invest NI

Belfast Docks - the North’s economy is recovering more slowly than expected.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Some 555,000 deemed “economically inactive”, according to June labour market report

An Ulster Bank residential market survey for June recorded price rises for the 13th month in a row. Photograph: Alan Betson

Republic plays role of leading bad guy in sad tale of North’s economic decline

The new investment programme at Kilkeel Seafood division is designed to expand the processing operations specifically for wholetail scampi

Whitby Seafood to take on 33 staff in Kilkeel while AGR Automation creating 22 jobs in Ballymena

A Wrightbus double deck on Volvo B9TL chassis in operation with SBST in Singapore.

Since 2010 Wrightbus has supplied more than 1,000 buses to Singapore

Gwendoline Christie stars in Game Of Thrones – the Northern Ireland Tourist Board has jumped at the chance to exploit the appeal to promote the North as a holiday destination

This week tourists to Belfast may see a clash of cultures that has nothing to do with TV

Enterprise Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster is pictured with Janet McCollum, chief executive of Moy Park and Lord Morrow, after announcing a £170 million expansion by the company that will provide 628 new jobs across three sites in Dungannon, Craigavon and Ballymena.

Subsidiary of Brazilian food giant Marfrig to establish innovation and financial services centres

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