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Construction cranes in Dublin. Activity in commercial development, house-building and public projects increased again in October

Growth in construction continued in October, but the pace of expansion slowed to its lowest rate in more than three years, the latest figures show. U(...)

Interest rates on the US and UK have started to rise and it is only a matter of time before the ECB follows suit. Image: Irish Times Graphics

A whole generation of mortgage borrowers have no experience of rising interest rates. But 2019 looks set to be the year when interest rates start to c(...)

Construction activity eased in September in the Republic.

Activity in the Republic’s construction sector eased to an 11-month low in September but was still expanding, according to Ulster Bank’s latest constr(...)

Construction cranes in Dublin. August was the second month running in which the civil engineering sector recorded growth.  Photograph:  Getty Images

Growth in construction continued through August despite slowing slightly on the previous month, data published on Monday shows. Ulster Bank’s constru(...)

This was the 59th consecutive monthly rise in construction activity and was a sharper rate of increase than that recorded in June. Photograph: Alan Betson

Construction activity accelerated in July amid reports of strengthening demand, the latest snapshot of the industry from Ulster Bank shows. New order(...)

Warning lights will start to flash red for sterling if a Brexit transition period, due to kick in when the UK leaves in March 2019, is threatened. Photograph: EPA

Watch sterling. The currency wobbled after UK international trade secretary Liam Fox said a “no-deal” Brexit was now the most likely outcome, falling (...)

Confidence among construction firms regarding the 12-month outlook for activity dipped to a six-month low in June, but remained elevated

Expansion of activity in the Irish construction sector eased in June from “extremely elevated” levels recorded in the previous month, according to Uls(...)

Shoppers on Grafton Street in Dublin. Photograph: David Sleator

Near term prospects in the Irish retail sector are positive with solid increases in consumer spending on the back of accelerating wages and robust job(...)

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(...)

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