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Boost for services sector

IRELAND's dominant services sector enjoyed strong growth again last month, even though the pace eased slightly from June.

New business in the sector - which includes restaurants, hotels, transport and business services - increased in July as has been the case in each month throughout the past two years, according to the latest Purchasing Managers' Index survey.

Rising consumer sentiment fuelled the hike in new orders, while the recent hot weather also helped to stoke activity, the survey found.