Saint-Gobain saw a 4.9-percent increase in sales for the first quarter of 2016, the company announced in its latest financial report. Like-for-like, the company’s consolidated sales rose 1.8 percent, lifted by improved volumes in all business sectors and regions.

On a reported basis, overall sales were $10.5 billion, with flat glass recording just under $1.3 billion in sales. The company’s innovative materials sector, which includes flat glass, climbed 4.3 percent.

According to the report, “construction activity returned to positive volumes in Western Europe and also benefited from a rise in float prices; it remained bullish in Asia and emerging countries excluding Brazil.”

High-performance materials saw 3.6-percent growth.

“Volumes improved in all regions in the first quarter,” says Pierre-André de Chalendar, chairperson and CEO of Saint-Gobain. “Trading in France advanced with the exception of Pipe. Other Western European countries reported further growth. Trading in North America bounced back despite lackluster industrial markets. Emerging markets continued to perform well. Prices dipped slightly as expected, particularly in Western Europe and the US. In this setting, we are continuing to pursue our operational excellence program and confirm our objective of a further like-for-like improvement in operating income.”