. Overall, during the first quarter, headcount reduced in the region by -0.8% to 2,193, with the reductions being primarily in Southern Europe and the Netherlands.
In Asia Pacific, first quarter gross profit
, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Poland, Austria, Russia and Denmark which each achieved like-for-like net fee growth in excess of +40%, with record results in Brazil, Belgium, Italy, Russia and Denmark.
;Germany (6% of the group) was higher by +43%.
• Netherlands (4% of the group) was higher by +21%.
• Italy (4% of the group) was higher by +22%.
• Spain (3% of the group) was higher by +10
. The Netherlands, the firm’s most challenging market, recorded year-on-year gross profit growth of 21%. Other notable performances were in France (37% of EMEA up 21% in constant currency); Germany (15% of EMEA up 39
experienced some impact from the recent troubles, but all businesses in the region showed growth.
While there remains some surplus capacity in the more established markets of France, the Netherlands, Italy