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New figures show that house building drove a sharp increase in activity in the sector in March. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Builders are warning of a looming skills shortage as new figures show their industry continues to expand on the back of the Republic’s housing squeeze(...)

Total household savings – some being used to pay down debt – continue to rise. Photograph: Getty Images

Crawling from the wreckage of the economic collapse has taken time, but a number of recent indicators – including, crucially, employment – are now bac(...)

Ulster Bank’s  latest PMI recorded the fastest increase in construction employment for six months with firms responding to rising workloads by taking on extra staff. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish construction sector’s strong start to the year continues, with the latest Ulster Bank construction purchasing managers’ index (PMI) showing (...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank. A key indicator for the ECB is wage increases and a deal last month between German union IG Metall and employers for a 4.3 per cent rise over 27 months will have been seen as some evidence of a return to normal earnings growth.

Ever so slowly, the ECB is unwinding the extraordinary programme of monetary stimulus which it started during the economic collapse. Another step at i(...)

Growth in new orders among construction firms is now at a six-month high, while rising workloads led businesses in the sector to increase their staffing levels. Photograph: Getty Images

The Irish construction industry got off to a “strong start” to the year, posting faster increases in activity, new orders and employment, according to(...)

The Ulster Bank construction purchasing managers’ index found improving economic conditions supported a higher level of new orders last month

Irish construction activity rose at a faster pace during December as new orders showed strong growth, the latest industry snapshot shows. The Ulster (...)

The ECB looks set to signal in the months ahead that the period of extraordinary stimulus will slowly draw to an end.

The European interest rate cycle is turning. The days of super-low interest rates are not quite over yet, but borrowing costs look set to start rising(...)

The rate of job creation also quickened in November, with construction employment increasing sharply during the month

Construction activity increased sharply during November with the rate of growth accelerating, according to the latest purchasing managers’ index from (...)

Ulster Bank headquarters in Dublin: the bank’s PMI has now expanded for 50 successive months. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The latest monthly Ulster Bank purchasing managers index (PMI), which measures activity in the construction sector, showed a “solid increase” in activ(...)

Irish construction activity accelerated in September, though the rate of job creation across the industry pulled back from elevated levels in previous months. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish construction activity accelerated in September, though the rate of job creation across the industry pulled back from elevated levels in previous(...)

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