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Think tank urges UK commitment to free trade post Brexit

Import tariffs are a form of “self-harm” and should be scrapped after Brexit to lower prices for consumers, according to a free market think tank.

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The drive to promote the province continues to pay off says Tourism Ireland

Tourism stats show rise in visitors and revenues

Northern Ireland welcomed more than 400,000 visitors from overseas in the first quarter of the year, up by eight per cent on the same period last year.

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Liverpool FC's new flagship retail store at Anfield. Pic: Liverpool FC / John Powell

GRAHAM teams up with Liverpool FC on retail store development

Hillsborough-based GRAHAM Construction has completed the build and fit-out of Liverpool Football Club’s new flagship retail store.

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Dr Tom Woolley, who is an independent expert on construction materials and was Professor of Architecture at Queen's University Belfast, at Grenfell Tower in the aftermath of the fire disaster there

The Grenfell fire has put all sorts of building hazards in the spotlight

As an architect in Northern Ireland, the horrendous fire and deaths at Grenfell Tower in London, may seem a long way off but the implications of this disaster affect everyone in the UK – construction industry professionals and ordinary householders.

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Invest NI CEO Alastair Hamilton pictured with Brian (left) and Connor McCloskey of Woodland Kitchens

57 new jobs as kitchen firm Woodland plans expansion

Almost 60 new jobs are to be created at a Co Antrim based kitchen manufacturer as part of ambitious plans aimed at doubling the company’s turnover.

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Let’s hear it for the women in our farming community

Let’s hear it for the women in our farming community

Lorna Robinson has won numerous accolades for her farming prowess.

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Farming Life Awards: Farm to fork success story for Cloughbane’s Lorna

Lorna Robinson, managing director of Cloughbane Farm Foods Ltd in Pomeroy, Co Tyrone which makes and sells gorgeous stews, pies and quality beef, chicken, lamb and pork, was awarded Woman of Excellence in Agriculture at the Farming Life/Danske Bank Awards last year and continues to fly the flag for women in the agri-food industry.

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Asda has lowering prices on many items and improved its own brand goods

Asda cheers first quarterly sales rise in three years

Asda has posted its first quarterly sales growth in three years as a fightback led by chief executive Sean Clarke begins to bear fruit.

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Like-for-like sales fell by 4.7%

Wet summer blamed for Q2 dip in sales at B&Q

Sales at B&Q tumbled in the second quarter, with the firm blaming wetter than usual summer weather for the slump.

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Mayor Tim Morrow was among the guests at the official opening of Lisburn's new TK Maxx store on Thursday morning, August 17.

TK Maxx unveils new Lisburn store

Lisburn’s new TK Maxx outlet at Laganbank Retail Park officially opened its doors to crowds of excited shoppers on Thursday morning, August 17.

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Concerns are so high that nearly half the UK thinks the country is in recession

Consumers holding back on spending amid dip in confidence

The number of households cutting down on spending is at the highest level for two years as consumer confidence continues to plummet following the Brexit vote.

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Power NI MD Stephen McCully

Price hike as Power NI confirms 5.6% increase

Businesses and households across the province are facing higher electricity bills from October 1, as supplier Power NI has announced it is to increase prices by 5.6%.

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How the border will look and how the parties involved get there and when is critical say business leaders

Govt borders proposals ‘raise more questions than answers’

Reassurances over the post Brexit nature of the border between the province and the Irish Republic have been welcomed by business groups .

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Jobs growth is small comfort

Further slowdown likely despite jobs figures

Amid Brexit, low productivity and the general state of the global economy, growth in Northern Ireland is likely to slow further despite the latest fall in unemployment one leading oserver has claimed.

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Rising household debt is leaving consumers vulnerable a report has warned

Car credit deals falling amid growing debt fears

The booming car loans market showed signs of a slowdown in the second quarter, but fears remain over a fresh financial crisis driven by ballooning consumer debt.

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A computer generated image of the Merchant Square office building

City centre offices gain planning permission

Planning permission has been granted for the development of new Grade A office space in Belfast city centre.

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‘Big uptake’ in visitor ticket sales after 
opening hours extended at castle

‘Big uptake’ in visitor ticket sales after opening hours extended at castle

Tickets sales at Carrick Castle have increased as hundreds “flock” to the Norman fortress on the shore of Belfast Lough.

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A shopping aisle

Probe after schoolboys locked in supermarket for four hours

Police are investigating after two schoolboys became locked inside a supermarket for four hours.

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No border checkpoints the top priority after leaving EU

Avoiding check points or any physical infrastructure on the Irish border is the UK government’s number one priority when negotiating post-Brexit arrangements for its only land frontier with the EU, a Whitehall position paper will state.

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The Irish land border

Ben Lowry: The complexities of the border are not even close to being resolved

It is understood that the Whitehall paper out today will rule out any physical infrastructure at the Irish land border – not only no customs posts, but no CCTV either.

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