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Ulster Bank chief economist Simon Barry: “Significantly, overall activity rose for the first time in over six years, as the headline PMI jumped by six points.”

Construction activity grew last month for the first time in more than six years, according to figures due to be published today.The Ulster Bank Constr(...)

Ulster Bank chief economist Simon Barry: the August results of the construction PMI survey offer “further encouragement on trends in the Irish construction sector, which continues to show signs of stabilising”.

While employment and purchasing activity in the Irish construction sector continued to fall in August, the rate of decline eased, according to the lat(...)

Ulster Bank says it expects gross domestic product to grow by 0.3 per cent this year, instead of a previously forecast 1.3  per cent rise. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Ulster Bank has revised downward its forecast for economic growth in Ireland, saying the economy will grow more slowly this year than previously predi(...)

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