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Mortgage approvals ‘fall to a three-month low’

The number of mortgages being approved to home buyers fell to a three-month low in February, according to a high street banking report.

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NI will see lowest growth rate in UK in 2017 and 2018, PwC forecasts

NI will see lowest growth rate in UK in 2017 and 2018, PwC forecasts

Northern Ireland is forecast to have the lowest growth among UK regions this year and next.

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Ideal conditions for annual match

Ideal conditions for annual match

Fermanagh and Tyrone Annual Ploughing Match took place as planned on Saturday 11 March 2017 on the Rash Estate, Omagh.

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Argento founder Pete Boyle pictured outside the firms flagship Belfast store

Argento reports 30% revenues hike after two decades trading

Northern Ireland based jeweller Argento has marked its 20th year in business with a 30% increase in revenues for last year and the promise of more jobs to come.

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Housing supply still low

Mixed view for home buyers as Belfast trails table

Home buyers are facing “mixed fortunes” according to a body which said mortgage lending fell to a nine-month low in February.

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Extremely cautious about the outlook for the year ahead, - Wolfson

Next annual profits show first fall for eight years

High street giant Next has revealed its first fall in annual profits for eight years as it was hit by sliding sales and warned that 2017 is set to be “another tough year”.

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UK in post referendum - pre Brexit era which cannot be sustained

Pre-Brexit export ‘sweet spot’ brief warns BoE boss

UK exporters are in a welcome “sweet spot” thanks to a boost from the Brexit-hit pound - but this is unlikely to last, according to a senior Bank of England policymaker.

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Quarterly retail sales show their biggest drop since 2010

Retail sales in the three months to February recorded their biggest drop in almost seven years as rising petrol prices cut into households’ disposable income.

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Glenarm Castle and Estate's Apprentice Gardener Jordan McWhirter and Head Gardener James Wharry getting set for a blooming great season at Glenarm Castle, which kicks off on April 1st with the opening of the Walled Gardens, Castle Shop and brand new Tea Room. www.glenarmcastle.com

Gardeners pull out all the stops at Glenarm

Glenarm Castle is gearing up for a great season of activities and events with some new developments that will ensure there is something for everyone on this iconic North Coast venue for 2017.

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Planning saga long labourious and expensive

High Court ‘wrong’ on John Lewis ruling

The High Court was wrongly drawn into making an order that boosted attempts to secure the first John Lewis store in Northern Ireland, senior judges have heard.

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Mick Boyle of Jaramas Investments with Invest NI CEO Alastair Hamilton and Mark Donohoe, project manager

£10 million hotel project set to create up to 80 jobs in Co Armagh

The redevelopment of an Armagh estate is set to boost tourism in the area and breate around 80 new jobs in the area.

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Belfast Met prinicpal and CEO Marie-Th�r�se McGivern pictured with James D. Rooney, co-founder of the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of London and Belfast Business School head Christine Brown

Belfast Met launches Belfast Business School

A £1.2 million investment in a new business school will result in the delivery of ‘creative and innovative professional and vocational courses focused on future industry and business needs’ it has been claimed .

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Video: RUAS launches new four day Balmoral Show for 2017

The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) today launched the 149th Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank promising an exciting mix of food, farming excellence and showmanship alongside an exhilarating entertainment schedule from 10th – 13th May 2017.

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Pictured are cook and food writer Trish Deseine, Dr Mike Johnston, chief executive of the Dairy Council of NI, and Joy Alexander, head of food technology development at Loughry College

Recipe competition calling NI foodies and local chefs

As part of its commitment to the European cheese programme ‘Cheese Up Your Life’, the Dairy Council has launched a competition to give NI foodies and local chefs the opportunity to develop an innovative and inspiring recipe which showcases their passion for cheese.

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GDT event up by 1.7%

GDT event up by 1.7%

Today’s Global Dairy Trade Event 184 has concluded with the GDT Price Index up by 1.7%.

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Inch Frida Ex94

Inch Swedish Red heifers and bull for Dungannon

In 2005 the Inch Herd at Downpatrick first imported top Swedish Red females from the best herds in Sweden.

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Any interference in the current system is more likely to have a negative impact on local firms says the FSB

Single market ‘priority for small businesses post brexit’ - FSB

Remaining within the EU single market remains the single most important feature of the EU leaving negotiations as the date on which the process will has emerged.

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Michael and Daniel Loughran, directors of LCC Group pictured at the Cloghan Point oil terminal

Private energy group LCC acquires oil terminal in multi million pound deal

Cookstown-based energy firm LCC Group has purchased Cloghan Point Oil Terminal from AES Power in a multimillion pound deal, which could lead to energy cost savings for businesses and consumers.

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Gerard McCavanagh pictured at the Fitzwilliam in Belfast

Gerard lifts the Clefs D’Or as top concierge

The Fitzwilliam Hotel’s Concierge, Gerard McCavanagh, has been awarded ‘Concierge of the Year 2016’ by industry peers at the annual Les Clefs d’Or Ireland gala ball.

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Alastair Hamilton, left, with UK Ambassador to Qatar, Mr Ajay Sharma

Invest NI expands Middle East reach

Invest Northern Ireland is to increase its presence in the Middle East with a new Regional Manager to be based in Doha, Qatar.

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