This conference call may contain forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our expectations, hopes, intentions or strategies regarding the future are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on management's beliefs, as well as assumptions made by an information currently available to management. Because such statements are based on expectations as to future, financial and operating results and are not statements of fact, actual results may differ materially from those projected. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The risks and uncertainties which forward-looking statements are subject to include but are not limited to the risks and other factors detailed in our press release dated yesterday and in the statement regarding forward-looking information, risk factors and other sections of the company's Form 10-K and other filings with the SEC.
This conference call will be available for a replay via webcast at our website at fnf.com. It will also be available through phone replay beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Time today through May 6. The replay number is (800) 475-6701 and the access code is 199329. Let me now turn the call over to our Chairman, Bill Foley.
Thanks, Dan. This is our strongest first quarter in a number of years as our direct operations benefited from strong refinance closings early in the quarter and consistent closings throughout February and March. Open order accounts were relatively stable throughout the quarter although they showed some seasonal strength in the month of March, increasing more than 8% over the average for January and February.The commercial business continued to be robust as commercial revenue grew by 35% over the first quarter of 2010. This quarter shows that with generally steady order volumes, although at historic low levels, we can generate the 8% to 10% margins we target in difficult markets through our focus on strong expense management.
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