The agency network’s success was driven by increases in revenues across the world. Its Europe division saw revenues rise 0.5% during the period as trading remained difficult in Spain and in Eastern Europe. However, the UK industry was continuing to suffer with negative growth of -1.5%.
In the US market, revenues rose 5.2% on a like-for-like basis and in Latin America, growth reached 24.4%.
Revenues in the three months to March reached €329m (£289m), up from €325m (£286m) in the same period last year.
“The group’s key performance indicators are in line with expectations for Q1 2010,” Havas, which is led by group CEO David Jones (pictured) said in a statement.
Havas’s larger rival Publicis is due to publish first-quarter sales on Thursday.
The results come as the IPA/BBDO’s Bellwether survey reveals the ad industry is growing in confidence, with marketing budgets being revised upwards for the first time since 2007.