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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 (...)

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 (...)

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