News roundup: top news on Tuesday

* Encouraging start to 2013 for services sector. * Flybe confirms agreement in principle with Ryanair. * Cheques rule for Irish business. * Six Nations to generate €30 million.

5th February, 2013
News roundup at midday

The top local and international business stories on Tuesday:

**Service sector** starts off 2013 with its fastest growth since 2007 in a report described by NCB as "very encouraging".

**Industrial output** increases 11 per cent in December, according to latest data.

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