Richard Ramsey, chief economist Northern Ireland with Ulster Bank, said the latest survey painted a mixed picture of local business conditions.

The North’s private sector continued its steady return to health last month but at a much slower pace than before, according to a new economic report,(...)

Further price cutting, together with signs of economic performance deteriorating in the core countries, will concern the European Central Bank which is battling to reinvigorate the economy and drive up dangerously low inflation

Heavy discounting failed to stop euro zone business activity growing less than thought last month, a survey showed on Wednesday, suggesting the econo(...)

Euro zone manufacturing growth stalled in November and new orders fell at the fastest pace in 19 months despite heavy price cutting, painting a bleak (...)

An employee welds the exterior of a vehicle along a production line at a factory in Qingdao, Shandong province. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Growth in China’s manufacturing sector slowed in November, suggesting the world’s second-largest economy is still losing momentum and adding pressure (...)

A PMI covering the dominant service industry also missed all predictions in the poll by falling to 51.3

Euro zone business growth has been weaker than any forecaster expected this month and new orders have fallen for the first time in more than a year de(...)

A worker welds in a factory in Gravellona Lomellina, 45km southwest of Milan

Euro zone business growth picked up less than expected in October despite much deeper price cutting, according to business surveys on Wednesday that g(...)

Irish services sector activity expanded rapidly again in October, a survey showed on Wednesday, suggesting that the economy is still posting solid gro(...)

The new orders subindex was 49.5, barely above the flash and September reading of 49.3.

Euro zone manufacturing activity expanded slightly slower than first thought last month as further discounts at the factory gate failed to drive up ne(...)

Beijing: The services sector made up 46.1 per cent of gross domestic product in 2013

Growth in China’s services sector weakened slightly in September as new business cooled, a private survey showed on Wednesday, reinforcing signs of a (...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi speaks during the Euro Star handover ceremony in Vilnius. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Euro zone business grew at the slowest rate this year in September, reflecting falling demand in the region where new orders were the weakest in almos(...)