Data compiled by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) showed that overall GDP growth in the G-20 area was slightly lower at 0.7 percent during the January-March period. In the 2014 December quarter, the region had seen an overall expansion of 0.8 percent.

"India recorded the strongest growth in the first quarter of 2015 (2.1 percent, up from 1.4 percent in the previous quarter)," it said in a statement yesterday. OECD's quarterly GDP numbers for G-20 countries have been calculated based on a new methodology.

As per the grouping, Canadian, American and Brazilian economies contracted in the first three months of this year.

"Among G20 economies, GDP contracted in Canada (by 0.1 percent), the US (by 0.2 percent), and Brazil (by 0.2 percent), following positive growth of0.6 percent, 0.5 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively, in the previous quarter," the statement said.

Growth rate fell in South Africa to 0.3 percent and in Mexico to 0.4 percent in first quarter. Similarly in Germany and the UK, economic expansion declined to 0.3 percent.

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