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The sector expanded for the sixth consecutive month, according to Ulster Bank’s construction purchasing managers’ index (PMI). Photograph: iStock

Growth in Irish building activity accelerated again in October, with the sector expanding for the sixth consecutive month, according to Ulster Bank’s (...)

A changing picture on interest rates has implications for personal finances which go way beyond mortgage repayments and returns on savings. Image: iStock

The US Federal Reserve Board is pulling back on its major programme of support for the US economy. The Bank of England did not increase interest rates(...)

 Activity in the Irish construction sector did not surge  as dramatically in August as in recent months. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The surge in activity in the Irish construction sector continued in August, but not as dramatically as in recent months. The purchasing managers index(...)

Construction activity has ramped up at a fast pace since the sector effectively fully reopened. Photograph:  Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The construction industry continued to expand quickly last month but builders were hampered by delivery delays due to Brexit and the pandemic while ma(...)

Although construction activity is growing fast, suppliers’ delivery times    continue to lengthen considerably. Photograph: iStock

Construction activity continued to ramp up at a rapid pace in June following the loosening of restrictions, according to the latest purchasing manager(...)

In addition to a surge in new materials orders, there was also a wave of hiring as sites reopened and builders were allowed back on the job. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Purchasing activity in the construction sector increased in May at the sharpest monthly rate since February 2016, as the lifting of lockdown restricti(...)

Ulster Bank’s index for the construction sector as a whole rose to 49.3 in April, up from a March reading of 30.9. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Activity in the Irish house-building sector bounced back strongly last month following the lifting of Covid-related restrictions on residential constr(...)

Dublin’s docklands: Almost 60 per cent of builders  expect to expand over the next 12 months.

Builders are becoming “increasingly upbeat about the prospects for recovery” despite the strain of lockdown, according to an index that tracks sentime(...)

Substantial reductions in activity were seen across each of the three monitored categories

Construction activity ground to a halt in January due to the Covid lockdown, ending a two-month sequence of growth. The Ulster Bank construction purc(...)

Report notes job creation in construction was at an 18-month high in December. Photograph: Getty

The construction industry finished 2020 in “expansion mode” fuelled by housebuilding, according to the authors of Ulster Bank’s construction purchasin(...)

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