The jump in January was driven by a sharp increase in the new business subindex to 66.2 from 62.7 a month earlier

Ireland’s services sector grew at its speediest pace in almost a decade last month as new business in Europe’s fastest growing economy expanded stron(...)

 Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton has unveiled a “Save to Buy” initiative for first-time buyers

Housing will be front and centre in the general election campaign that officially kicks off today. There will be two strands to the debate: creating t(...)

Growth in new orders revealed a sharp and accelerated expansion, extending the current run of positive readings to 31 months. (Photograph: AFP/Getty Images)

Growth in Ireland’s manufacturing sector rose to its highest level in six months in January. According to Investec’s monthly Purchasing Managers’ In(...)

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary: results due Monday. Photograph:  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET
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A rise in bike sales in the third fiscal quarter of the year helped keep Halfords on track to meet its full-year guidance.

Retailer Halfords said sales of motoring products declined in the Christmas quarter, but cycling-related sales receovered to put it on track to meet (...)

A screen displays a chart on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange yesterday. Photo: Reuters

World stocks were set for a third straight week of losses on Friday and commodity currencies took another drubbing as oil prices fell back below $30, (...)

 Fergal O’Brien: “I don’t think China has slowed to such a degree that it is now a major risk for exporters.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

The risk to Ireland from the ongoing turmoil in China has been classified as “minimal” by several leading Irish commentators. They say Ireland’s ec(...)

Aoife Coogan and Gordon D’Arcy, who did a stint as an intern at Investec last year alongside the day job at Leinster. Photograph: Dermot Byrne Photography

In the current climate, there’s a lot of appeal for banks and wealth managers to be seen as a safe pair of hands. Good news then for Investec, which h(...)

JD Sports Fashion said it expects full-year profit above market expectations after a “very strong” Christmas. Photograph: Bloomberg.

British retailer JD Sports Fashion said it expects full-year profit above market expectations after a “very strong” Christmas, sending its shares to a(...)

The Investec Purchasing Managers’ Index of activity in services, which covers businesses from banks to hotels, slipped to 61.8 from November’s nine-year high of 63.6.

Ireland’s services sector expanded strongly in December to mark over three years of unbroken growth, a survey showed on Wednesday, as the economy out(...)