Spain posts first increase in birth numbers since 2010, up 1 percent in first 6 months

The number of births in Spain's has increased for the first time in four years, edging up 1 percent in the first six months of 2014 compared to the same period a year earlier.

The National Statistics Institute said Thursday that 209, 482 babies were born January through June, up from 207, 391 in the first semester of 2013.

It was the first percentage increase since the second six-month period of 2010, when the birth rate temporarily broke a downward slide on increasing by 0.7 percent.

Spain has a population of 47 million. The country's birth rate, at 9.1 per 1,000 inhabitants in 2013, has been declining since 2008.