The latest national account figures from the CSO for Q1 2018 show the Irish economy continues to expand. GDP grew by 9.1% in the year to Q1 while GNP was up 8.8% in the year. On the expenditure side, consumption increased by 2.7% in the year while capital investment declined by 3.8%. Government expenditure increased by 3.7% over the same period. Meanwhile, exports grew 6.1% during the year while imports declined by 1.1%.