CRH chief executive Albert Manifold: “Assuming normal weather patterns” and other factors, the group expects earnings in the second half of this year to be ahead of those of the same period in 2013. Photograph: Eric Luke

Chief executive of CRH Albert Manifold was upbeat about the group’s results for the first six months of this year, with the clear message that the foc(...)

CRH chief executive Albert Manifold: earnings rise a reflection of adjustments made to the group’s business during economic crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke

The interim results for the first half of this year released yesterday by CRH show its sales revenue increased by 4 per cent when compared with the(...)

Albert Manifold, CRH CEO, said he expects second-half group earnings to be “somewhat ahead” of last year’s €1.08 billion, “assuming normal weather patterns and no major market dislocations”.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

CRH overturned a first half loss in 2013 to report pre-tax profit of €61 million in the six months to June 30th 2014, as the construction giant benefi(...)

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 CRH chief executive Albert Manifold and chairman Nicky Hartery  at the CRH annual general meeting yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

CRH is preparing to spend up to €1.5 billion on acquisitions, as it forges ahead with a sell-off of underperforming units bought during the last boom (...)

The Sky Tower, at 212 metres high, one of the tallest skyscrapers in Poland, being built in  Wroclaw, South West Poland.  Bosta Beton, CRH’s readymixed concrete company in Poland, was contracted to supply the 52,000 cubic metres of concrete and pumping services required to complete this project.

Succession can throw up some tricky issues, as Albert Manifold is finding out at CRH. The building materials company’s chief executive, installed in J(...)

The land at Foynes Port about to be offered for sale on the international market by the CRH Group

Most of the industrial-zoned land around Foynes Port in Co Limerick is about to be offered for sale on the international market by the CRH Grou(...)

Albert Manifold, chief executive designate, recently said CRH “forgot its core principles” when making some acquisitions in the boom. Photograph: Alan Betson

CRH’s shareholders will get to vote this year for the first time on the pay levels of its executive directors, including the €4.16 million pac(...)

CRH chief executive Albert Manifold and former CEO Myles Lee. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Myles Lee, who retired as CRH’s chief executive officer in 2013, received a 64 per cent increase in compensation in his final year heading the bigg(...)

At the announcement of results, CRH’s Albert Manifold said: “We invested in unsustainable trends. We forgot the core principle of CRH, which is that we used to make businesses better. We invested in bubbles.”

Albert Manifold was unequivocal yesterday in diagnosing the group’s boomtime errors that led to the decision to sell off a tenth of its poorest-per(...)