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Houses under construction in Trim, Co Meath. The rate of growth in construction activity slowed in August. Photograph: Frank Millar

The rate of growth in construction activity in the Republic slowed in August to its slowest rate in almost 2½ years, according to the latest purchasin(...)

The latest PMI report points to evidence that the local construction is facing challenges. Photograph: iStock

Northern Ireland businesses enjoyed yet another increase in export orders with many winning new contracts in the south last month thanks to sterling’s(...)

CastleCourt, Belfast: shopper footfall grew by 4.6 per cent in the North last month. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Northern Ireland’s economy will do well to “avoid stagnation” in 2017 against a backdrop of political challenges at home and abroad, the chief economi(...)

The Bombardier Aerospace plant in Belfast: in 2016 the company brought forward a programme to axe 1,080 jobs in the North.

From the latest political upheavals at Stormont to constant job fears at one of the North’s largest private sector employers, a slew of sell-offs and (...)

Total construction activity in the Republic increased for the second successive month in October. Photograph: Alan Betson

The construction sector in the Republic recorded a strong start to the final quarter of the year, with activity, new orders and employment all increas(...)

The manufacturing and retail sectors expanded last month in Northern Ireland.

Firms in Northern Ireland saw order books shrink for the second month in a row during August despite a jump in export business due to sterling’s weak(...)

The North’s Economy Minister Simon Hamilton, who officially opened Dale Farm’s new cheese plant on Wednesday, said: “I am encouraged to see almost 7,000 fewer people on the unemployment register compared to one year ago.”

Dale Farm, the farmer owned co-operative, has created 60 jobs at a new cheese processing and packing plant in Co Tyrone. The jobs boost at its Dunman(...)

The number of new orders obtained by Northern Ireland firms decreased in July for the first time since April 2015, according to a survey from Ulster Bank.

Northern Ireland business confidence has declined for the first time for more than a year following the Brexit vote. The number of new orders decreas(...)

Ulster Bank economist Richard Ramsey said  economists have slashed their growth forecasts for the UK economy.  Photograph: Press Association

Brexit could push Northern Ireland into recession given it’s relaince on the UK, an economist has said. Business activity increased in Northern Irel(...)

The fallout from Brexit has many in Northern Ireland – from indigenous firms to inward investors – questioning just what the local landscape will look like when the UK does eventually leave the EU. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Brexit or no Brexit, it is business as usual for the chief executive of Invest NI as he heads to the United States this week to tell American companie(...)

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