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growth in the transport and refining sectors boosted the French manufacturing
output in February, helping overall production to recover at a faster-than-expected
Industrial output grew 0.7 percent in February from a month ago, when it fell 0.8 percent, the statistical office Insee said Wednesday. Production was forecast to grow 0.2 percent, following a 1.2 percent drop originally estimated for January.
Likewise, manufacturing output grew 0.8 percent, offsetting the 1.3 percent drop seen in January and also exceeded the 0.2 percent rise forecast by economists. The January figure was revised from the 1.4 percent drop reported on March 11.
The month-on-month expansion in manufacturing was underpinned by a 17 percent surge in production of coke and refined petroleum products and a 3.6 percent rise in manufacture of transport equipment. Meanwhile, declines in manufacture of food products as well as electronic products weighed on overall production.
Construction output advanced 1 percent, while mining and quarrying output gained only 0.5 percent.
During the three months ended February, output decreased slightly by 0.3 percent in the manufacturing sector and by 0.1 percent in the industry as a whole.
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