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Taiwan Industrial Output Climbed More Than Estimated in January

Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Taiwan’s industrial output rose more than economists estimated in January, as a recovery in China boosted demand for the island’s goods and construction picked up.

Production climbed 19.17 percent from a year earlier, compared with a revised 2.05 percent gain in December, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said in Taipei today. The median of 11 estimates in a Bloomberg News survey was 16.8 percent.

China’s recovery from a seven-quarter growth slowdown and a rebound in housing in the U.S. are adding to signs that the global economy is strengthening. Taiwan’s export orders, an indicator of shipments in the next one to three months, climbed the most in two years in January, a report showed yesterday.

“Taiwan’s manufacturing sector has been recovering after an increase in exports,” Laura Ho, an economist at Taipei-based Jih Sun Securities Investment Consulting Co., said before the report. “We expect the growth momentum to persist in the rest of the year.”

Manufacturing on the island climbed 19.86 percent last month from a year earlier, while construction gained 11.74 percent, today’s report showed.

The Taiwan dollar gained 0.1 percent to NT$29.705 against its U.S. counterpart. The benchmark Taiex Index of stocks advanced 0.2 percent at the 1:30 p.m. close.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chinmei Sung in Taipei at csung4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephanie Phang at sphang@bloomberg.net

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