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Euro-Area Industrial Production Surges Most Since 2009

  • January increase boosts first-quarter growth outlook
  • Manufacturing survey suggests some weakness in February
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Industrial production in the euro area opened 2016 with its strongest monthly performance in more than six years, boosted by energy and capital goods.

Output jumped 2.1 percent in January from December, helped by growth in Germany, France and Italy, the Eurostat statistics office in Luxembourg said on Monday. From a year earlier, production rose 2.8 percent, the biggest annual jump since 2011.