Total production increased 2.5 percent after rising 1.9 percent in Q4 2016. Within the production aggregate output grew for: Manufacturing (2.8 percent from 2 percent in Q4); mining and quarrying (0.8 percent from -3 percent in Q4); electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply (1.7 percent from 5.4 percent in Q4); and water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities (3.3 percent from 5.3 percent in Q4).
Services advanced 2.5 percent, following a 2.9 percent growth in Q4 2016. Within the services aggregate output expanded for: distribution, hotels and restaurants (3.6 percent from 6 percent in Q4); transport, storage and communications (3.8 percent from 4.4 percent in Q4); business services and finance (2.6 from 2.3 percent in Q4); government and other services (1.2 percent, the same as in Q4).
Construction output was estimated to have increased by 1.9 percent, following a gain of 2.8 percent during Q4.