CEO Albert Manifold said he expects CRH to see further progress in the second half of the year

CRH profit boosted by strong Americas performance

25 Aug CRH recorded a 20% rise in pro-forma earnings after day-to-day expenses (EBITDA) for the first half of the year to €1.12 billion, which was largely boosted by a strong performance in the Americas.

The company attributed the improved performance to strong organic growth in 2015, which has translated into increased earnings and cash flow

IFG revenues and profits rise in H1

25 Aug Financial services company IFG Group had a strong financial performance during the first half of the year, with revenue rising by over 15% and operating profit nearly doubling.

Friends First Chief Economist Jim Power (L) and Brian O'Neill

Economic recovery steady, but Brexit fears persist

25 Aug Irish economic recovery is continuing at a steady pace but further growth is under threat from the fallout from Brexit and currency volatility, according to the latest outlook from Friends First.

International benchmark Brent crude oil futures were trading down 7 cents at $48.98 per barrel at 5.13am Irish time, having closed down 1.8%

Crude oil prices dip amid brimming inventories

25 Aug Crude prices have dipped as brimming US and Asian fuel inventories returned investor attention to a large global supply overhang, cutting short a price-rally and restricting Brent crude futures to below $50.