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Commercial activity, which includes building offices, shops and factories, was at 53.6 on  Ulster Bank’s construction purchasing managers’ index in December

Construction began growing again in December following a three-month slowdown in the Republic, the latest figures show. Ulster Bank’s construction pu(...)

The Construction Industry Federation estimates that house and apartment completions will increase this year to 23,000 from 18,072 in 2018. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Activity in the housebuilding industry contacted in the Republic in November for the first time since 2013, the year home prices reached a low point (...)

Reuters poll of economists suggested that the probability of a no-deal Brexit has dropped to 20 per cent from 30 per cent in October

Official Irish Government and Central Bank forecasts of economic slowdown under a disorderly Brexit would still amount to “a huge shock”, even if an o(...)

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Construction activity in Ireland fell at the sharpest rate since June 2013, according to an economic indicator produced by Ulster Bank. The Ulster B(...)

The bank said the rate of new order growth eased for the third month running. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Brexit uncertainty has triggered the first decline in Irish construction activity in over six years, according to Ulster Bank. The lender’s latest co(...)

Moving home: slowing house-price growth is good for first-time buyers. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Property price inflation is slowing. But is this because housing stock is increasing to meet demand, or are there other factors at play? According to(...)

There is still confidence builders will get busier over the next 12 months. Photograph: Alan Betson

Growth in construction activity in the Republic slowed last month to its weakest rate in almost six years, according to an index maintained by Ulster (...)

The sterling exchange rate is vital for Irish exporters, for tourism, for cross-border and online shopping and for the the tens of thousands of people and businesses who operate some parts of their lives in the two currencies.

Since the Brexit referendum sterling has declined steadily, losing around 15 per cent in total against the euro – and is now falling again. It is dow(...)

Mirroring the trend for overall construction activity, input buying increased at a softer pace during June

Construction activity growth slowed to an eight-month low at the end of the second quarter, according to the latest snapshot of activity by Ulster Ban(...)

ECB governor Mario Draghi this week sounded a clear alarm bell about the state of the euro zone economy. Photograph: AFP

The ECB’s official interest rates are already at zero – or lower. Yet this week Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank president, hinted they may fal(...)

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