BT Group has seen its pre-tax profit rise 9% to £694m in the three months to 30 June, despite a slight fall in the company’s revenue.

In Ireland revenue was 6% higher, due to growth in business sales and improved traction for its broadband products in Northern Ireland.

BT is a telecoms operator in the British market as well as business-focused communications services in Ireland.

The company has also entered the premium TV market in recent years through BT Sports, which it says has seen a 51% increase in daily audience numbers in the past quarter.

“Today’s results signal a strong start to the year for our all-island operation with both revenue and profit growth in a very competitive market,” said Colm O’Neill, managing director of BT Corporate Britain and Ireland.

“We’ve seen significant growth in our business sales revenue as Ireland’s expanding multinational corporation market continues to seek out BT’s unique global networking capability.”