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Moving home: slowing house-price growth is good for first-time buyers. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Property price inflation is slowing. But is this because housing stock is increasing to meet demand, or are there other factors at play? According to(...)

There is still confidence builders will get busier over the next 12 months. Photograph: Alan Betson

Growth in construction activity in the Republic slowed last month to its weakest rate in almost six years, according to an index maintained by Ulster (...)

The sterling exchange rate is vital for Irish exporters, for tourism, for cross-border and online shopping and for the the tens of thousands of people and businesses who operate some parts of their lives in the two currencies.

Since the Brexit referendum sterling has declined steadily, losing around 15 per cent in total against the euro – and is now falling again. It is dow(...)

Mirroring the trend for overall construction activity, input buying increased at a softer pace during June

Construction activity growth slowed to an eight-month low at the end of the second quarter, according to the latest snapshot of activity by Ulster Ban(...)

ECB governor Mario Draghi this week sounded a clear alarm bell about the state of the euro zone economy. Photograph: AFP

The ECB’s official interest rates are already at zero – or lower. Yet this week Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank president, hinted they may fal(...)

There are signs that growth in the commercial construction sub-category is slowing down.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Irish construction industry expanded in May but at the slowest pace in four months, while the rate of job creation has dropped to its slowest pace(...)

Housing was the sector that recorded the fastest rise in activity in April. Photograph: iStock

Construction activity rose sharply in April while purchasing inventory also ratcheted up as companies seek to avoid Brexit-related supply disruptions,(...)

Despite a fall back in growth rates, employment in the construction sector is growing at its fastest rate since July 2018. Photograph: Getty Images

The rate of construction growth eased in March, but activity is still expanding “sharply”, according to an index released by Ulster Bank. The bank’s (...)

Ulster Bank said some construction firms stated that they had increased purchases to build up stocks to mitigate any supply issues resulting from Brexit.  Photograph:  Ben Birchall/ PA Wire

Construction activity accelerated in February, driven by the housebuilding segment of the sector, according to a new report. The Ulster Bank Construc(...)

While the rate of growth eased to a three-month low, overall Irish construction activity has increased on a monthly basis since September 2013. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Irish construction groups experienced solid but slower growth in January as the industry grappled to deal to meet demand for housing. The latest Ulst(...)

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