Ireland's economic growth improved in the three months ended March after easing in the previous quarter, initial figures from the Central Statistics Office showed Thursday.
Gross domestic product grew a seasonally adjusted 1.4 percent quarterly in the first quarter, faster than previous quarter's 1.2 percent climb. In the third quarter last year, the economy expanded 1.4 percent.
The data showed that the value added increased in the quarter for all business sectors, except agriculture. The distribution, transport, software and communications sector rose by 2.1 percent and the other services sector by 0.3 percent.
On the expenditure side of national accounts, personal consumption climbed 1.2 percent from the previous quarter, while government expenditure decreased by 0.4 percent.
On a yearly basis, GDP increased at a faster pace of 6.5 percent in the March quarter, following a 6.0 percent growth in the December quarter.