The Irish economy showed little improvement between July and September of this year, according to new figures released today.
The CSO report shows GDP growth of 0.2% in the period.
When the profits of multinationals are stripped out however, the figures show that the domestic economy (GNP) contracted by 0.4% in the same period.
Compared with the same quarter in 2012, GDP increased by 0.8% while GNP increased by 3.7%.
Distribution, transport, software and communication all increased by 12.8% in volume in Q3 2012 compared to Q2 2012.
Other services increased by 1.1% over the same period.
However, combined decreases in the other sectors of the economy, particularly in industry, building, and agriculture, brought the GDP increase down to 0.2%.
Personal expenditure increased by 0.5% on a seasonally adjusted basis between Q2 2012 and Q3 2012.
Capital investment increased by 8.5% while Government expenditure decreased by 0.3% over the same period.
This led to an overall increase in final domestic demand of 1.9% in Q3 2012 compared to Q2 2012.
Net exports declined by €536m over this period thus reducing the overall growth in GDP for Q3 2012 compared to Q2 2012 to 0.2%.