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AN INDEX measuring Ireland's export potential reached a three-year high during the third quarter of last year, but the pace of recovery among our main trading partners remains uneven.

Buoyant growth in the US and UK helped drive the positive data. Another robust performance from China also helped. By contrast, however, the Eurozone was responsible for only a fraction of the increase.

Aisling Dodgson (above), Investec's Ireland head of treasury, said: "Despite the brighter outlook, the pace of expansion across Ireland's main trading partners will clearly remain uneven, which may see some firms recalibrating the geographic spread of their sales efforts over the coming year."