Category Archives: Business and Finance

Unemployment update

Over 60,000 people are currently unemployed, as the region’s economic recovery staggers. Northern Ireland has seen a slight rise in unemployment in the second quarter (April-June) of 2011, with the Labour Force...

US comparisons

America’s working poor pose a stark warning for Northern Ireland as the economy stagnates, John O’Farrell contends. Investing in R&D can help to turn the private sector around. Among the squillionaires laid...

Manufacturing update

Output and productivity in manufacturing increased in the first quarter after a bleak 2009-2010 period across many sub-sectors. Manufacturing output grew by 1.2 per cent in the first quarter (January-March) this year...

Agriculture update

Richard Halleron reviews the year so far for the farming and food sectors. Input costs remain high but farmers benefit from the end of cheap food. It’s time for a half term...

An all-island economy update

agendaNi examines the current state of the all-island economy. The all-island economy was described by former Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern in 2008 as “a sensible and practical co-operation to improve...

Retail update

Various economic commentators paint a bleak picture for Northern Ireland’s retail sector but the Executive is attempting to intervene. Anecdotal evidence shows that independent retailers are struggling with rates, a lack of...

Construction update

The first quarter of 2011 saw another drop in building output in Northern Ireland, but growth in infrastructural, industrial and commercial activity. The construction sector saw a decline of 2.8 per cent...

Workings of a credit union

Credit unions across Northern Ireland rely on teams of volunteers to assist members in their financial transactions. Meadhbh Monahan discusses the operations of Cloughfern Credit Union with manager David Dowey. From small...

All-island economy

Business leaders consider the future of the all-island economy and how Northern Ireland can learn from the Republic as it recovers. How is the all-island economy faring? Hugh Crossey In the UK...