Ireland: CRH’s like-for-like group sales for the third quarter of 2017 rose by 3%, boosted by continued underlying growth in the Americas, although some operations were hit by adverse weather. CRH, which is in the final stages of buying US-based Ash Grove Cement for Euro2.98bn, added that it continues to expect another year of progress in 2017, with earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of more than Euro3.2bn. This is 2.2% higher than the Euro3.13bn EBITDA it saw during 2016.
Group sales for the nine months as a whole were Euro20.7bn, an increase of 2% compared to the same period if 2016. EBITDA for the nine months was also 2% higher at Euro2.43bn.