Irish manufacturing growth hits two-year high in AugustStaff Writer | September 1, 2017
Irish manufacturing sector growth hit a two-year high in August, a survey showed on Friday, as firms' expansion into more markets and securing of new business added to signs that the booming economy is showing few signs of slowing down.
Ireland Export orders contracted
Business surveys have been similarly supportive and the Investec Purchasing Managers' index rose to 56.1 in August from 54.6 a month earlier, reaching the highest level since July 2015, well above the 50 mark separating growth from contraction.
While Ireland is particularly vulnerable to Brexit due to its close trading links with Britain, manufacturers are proving increasingly resilient to any early impact with the sub-index measuring new export orders rising to 55.6 from 54.6 in July.
Export orders contracted for the first time in three years ahead of last year's Brexit referendum but the sector has recovered and grown strongly all year. ■