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Employment increases by 3.7% in year to Q1 2019

There was an annual increase in employment of 3.7% or 81,200 in the year to the first quarter of 2019, bringing total employment to 2,301,900. This compares with an annual increase of 2.3% or 50,500 in employment in the previous quarter and an increase of 2.9% or 62,400 in the year to Q1 2018. Summary […]

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Construction activity boosted in April while companies increase stock

Construction activity rose sharply in April while purchasing inventory also ratcheted up as companies seek to avoid Brexit-related supply disruptions, according to a survey from Ulster Bank. The bank’s construction purchasing managers index (PMI) showed that business levels continue to rise underpinned by ongoing increases in the demand for construction work. But Brexit still weighed […]

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Ireland records highest start-up figures in 13 years while insolvencies remain low

The data from business and credit risk analyst, CRIF Vision-net, show an average of almost 71 new companies were formed every day in the first quarter of 2019, while the number of insolvencies remained consistent for the same period. In total, 6,413 new companies were formed in Ireland in the first quarter of 2019, the […]

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Luas Green line metro upgrade not needed for 20 years, NTA says

The upgrade of the Luas Green line to a metro service will not be needed “for 20 years or so” the National Transport Authority (NTA) has said. The NTA has today confirmed the MetroLink line, which had been due to run from Swords to Sandyford, will terminate at Charlemont north of Ranelagh, where it meets […]

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Construction index hits four-month high

The construction industry is expanding rapidly, with commercial building leading the way, and although the pace of gains in house-building slowed slightly from November it is at levels seen before the crash, according to Ulster Bank’s Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI). The overall index hit 56.3 in December, up from 55.5 in November, a four-month […]

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Festive cheer: Record Christmas for grocery stores

Irish consumers spent €995m on groceries in December Shoppers spent an average of €694 on groceries in December (€151 more than the typical month). Dunnes Stores – 23% Tesco – 22.3% Supervalu – 21.8% “Irish shoppers showed a willingness to splash out over the festive break,” “Branded and premium private label ranges grew by 3.8% […]

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Black Friday a ‘double-edged sword’ for Irish retailers

Black Friday and Cyber Monday will be a “double-edged sword” for Irish retailers with margin pressures incurred from major discounting offsetting the spike in business, a retail expert has said. Thomas Burke of Ibec trade body Retail Ireland says that with 70% of digital purchases in Ireland going to firms outside the country, retailers were […]

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Construction industry expects to ‘go green’

The results from the World Green Building Trends 2018 report has revealed that 47% of those surveyed expect the majority of their projects, 60%, to be environmentally friendly by 2021. The report, published by Dodge Data and Analytics, shows that the international market for green construction projects has grown significantly in the last ten years. […]

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Retail Sales volume increased by 6.5% in July 2018

Seasonally adjusted, the volume of retail sales increased by 6.5% in the month of July, with an annual increase of 5.5%. If Motor Trades are excluded, there was a decrease of 0.5% in the volume of retail sales in July 2018 when compared with June 2018 and there was an increase of 2.9% in the annual […]

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Irish economy in post-recovery stage – Ibec

The economy is in a strong position and has moved into a post-recovery stage, with households clearly benefiting from rising incomes – according to the latest quarterly economic outlook from business group Ibec. It forecasts growth of 5.7% this year and a buoyant consumer economy growing by 2.9% in volume terms. It added there is […]