BRUSSELS, April 12 () - Euro zone industrial output declined in February but by less than expected, as mild weather meant that a surge in energy production at the start of 2019 reversed.
The European Union's statistics office Eurostat said on Friday that production in the 19 countries sharing the euro fell by 0.2 percent in February and by 0.3 percent year-on-year.
Economists polled by had expected a 0.6 percent monthly decrease and a 1.0 percent annual drop.
Energy output, the main driver of January's increase, showed the sharpest decrease in February, when temperatures were above season averages. Indeed all components of industrial production declined month-on-month except for output of non-durable consumer goods.
That component, which includes food and clothing, rose by 0.9 percent in February after a 2.1 percent increase in January.
Production fell in Germany by 0.4 percent, the second consecutive monthly decline, but rose in France and Italy, the second and third biggest economies in the euro zone, by respectively 0.4 and 0.8 percent. Output in both had risen in January.
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