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Construction cranes in Dublin. August was the second month running in which the civil engineering sector recorded growth.  Photograph:  Getty Images

Growth in construction continued through August despite slowing slightly on the previous month, data published on Monday shows. Ulster Bank’s constru(...)

This was the 59th consecutive monthly rise in construction activity and was a sharper rate of increase than that recorded in June. Photograph: Alan Betson

Construction activity accelerated in July amid reports of strengthening demand, the latest snapshot of the industry from Ulster Bank shows. New order(...)

Warning lights will start to flash red for sterling if a Brexit transition period, due to kick in when the UK leaves in March 2019, is threatened. Photograph: EPA

Watch sterling. The currency wobbled after UK international trade secretary Liam Fox said a “no-deal” Brexit was now the most likely outcome, falling (...)

Confidence among construction firms regarding the 12-month outlook for activity dipped to a six-month low in June, but remained elevated

Expansion of activity in the Irish construction sector eased in June from “extremely elevated” levels recorded in the previous month, according to Uls(...)

Shoppers on Grafton Street in Dublin. Photograph: David Sleator

Near term prospects in the Irish retail sector are positive with solid increases in consumer spending on the back of accelerating wages and robust job(...)

Activity in the construction sector has grown in each of the last 57 months, according to Ulster Bank. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

State infrastructure building slowed last month as construction of homes and offices rocketed ahead, a survey published on Monday shows. The Ulster (...)

Activity in the commercial construction sector rose at its fastest level in 11 months in April. Photograph: Alan Betson

Activity in the Republic’s construction sector accelerated to a three-month high in April as firms reported greater output and faster growth in new or(...)

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 (...)

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