The Investec Purchasing Managers’ Index of activity in the services sector, which covers businesses from banks to hotels, rose to 62.6 in June from 61.7 in May. Photo: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Ireland’s services sector grew at the fastest rate in seven years in June as firms hired more staff, capping the strongest quarter for the sector sin(...)

New orders rose at the fastest pace in over three years in June, with the UK and Asia key sources of growth in export business during the month. Photgraph: Getty

FIONA REDDANIrish manufacturing activity recorded its 13th consecutive month of growth in June, with new orders rising at the fastest pace in over thr(...)

Business activity in Ireland’s services sector continues to expand at a strong pace despite a marked slowdown in new export business and job creation(...)

 A manufacturing technician at Intel’s  facility in Leixlip. Irish manufacturing activity grew for the 12th month running in May. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish manufacturing activity grew for a 12th successive move in May, albeit at a weaker rate, possibly reflecting a European-wide slowdown in recovery(...)

Activity in the services sector, which covers businesses from banks to hotels, rose to 61.9 in April, the highest reading since February 2007. Photo: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland’s services sector grew at the fastest rate in seven years in April and employers added jobs at a rate not seen in even longer, surveys showed(...)

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There was a 1,400 drop in the number of men claiming benefits in the State in March, while the number of women claimants fell by 300. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The unemployment rate fell to 11.8 per cent in March, the lowest level in almost five years. Figures from the Central Statistics Office (...)

Irish exports are expected to improve this year. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish exports rose by 4 per cent to €7.031 billion in the twelve months to January, driven by higher pharma-chem and agri-food exports. However the(...)

The Investec Purchasing Managers’ Index of activity in the services sector, which covers businesses from banks to hotels, showed growth in the services sector for the 19th month in a row in February. Photo: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Ireland’s services sector grew for the 19th month in a row in February and companies were at their most optimistic in a decade, according to a(...)

High waves wash over the bandstand, forcing the closure of the East Pier Dun Laoghaire, during February’s storms. Investec’s PMI index for February shows that the  bad weather contributed to longer delivery times from suppliers, likely contributing to the steep drop in the stock of both purchases and finished goods held by Irish manufacturing firms. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

FIONA REDDAN Activity in Ireland’s manufacturing sector expanded for the ninth consecutive month in February, despite an easing in growth(...)