China vows to control debt despite fresh stimulus for cooling economy

China’s state planner pledged on Wednesday to keep debt levels under control even as Beijing rolls out fresh stimulus to support the stumbling economy as a trade war with the US deepens. The comments by the National Development and Reform […]

How to manage €13,000 bill for child’s first year in university

Parents of the 120,000 students who get their Leaving Cert results this Wednesday are facing a bill of as much as €12,800 to put their child through their first year in college. It currently costs €12,828 a year to put […]

Brexit negotiations face crunch issues

Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU are due to reconvene on Thursday in Brussels. The European Union is signalling that it wants to make September a decisive month in the divorce negotiations, while British Prime Minister Theresa May […]

Construction growth raises building costs

Ireland’s construction sector is now growing so fast that shortages of some building materials and services are being reported. That’s led to higher prices for steel, insulation and transport. The latest Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), which tracks […]

Explainer: Why families will pay €300 extra for fuel to warm their homes in winter

Householders face paying an extra €300 this winter for oil to fuel their heating systems. A surge in the cost of home heating oil and the price of petrol and diesel have pushed up the inflation rate to its highest […]

Doubts grow about Musk’s drive to take Tesla private

Doubts about Elon Musk’s ability to take Tesla private mounted across Wall Street yesterday, wiping out the gains reaped from his initial tweet floating the idea. The stock plunged as much as 4.6pc to $353.33, below where it was trading […]

UK business leaders urge scrapping of immigration targets after Brexit

Targets to limit immigration should be scrapped after Brexit, UK business lobby group the CBI has recommended. Businesses need a new immigration policy, avoiding visas for EU citizens and putting migration on the table for trade talks, according to its […]

Revenue increases at Kerry, but currency headwinds impact results

Revenue at Kerry Group rose 1.4pc year-on-year to €3.2bn in the six months to June 30. The growth in revenue reflected volume growth of 3.6pc and a 0.6pc improvement in pricing, as well as the contribution from acquisitions, according to […]

Profits jump 80pc at North’s biggest firms

Northern Ireland’s biggest companies have seen their profits increase by almost 80pc in 12 months. This is according to the 2018 ‘Top 100 Companies’ from industry magazine ‘Ulster Business’. Leading the way was Armagh-based poultry producer Moy Park, which reported […]

Building costs rapidly rising to Celtic Tiger peak: surveyors

Construction costs will surpass 2006 levels this year and are rapidly approaching the highest levels of the Celtic Tiger bubble, according to new figures from the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI). The higher prices have big implications for delivery […]

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