Economic data from the eurozone has pointed to a pick-up in France, while Italy’s decline has deepened.
Italy’s economy shrank for a seventh successive quarter between January and March, according to official figures.
Other data indicated that the country’s industrial output fell 0.3% in April, suggesting the decline was continuing.
In contrast, French industrial production surged 2.2% in April, surprising economists who on average had expected just a 0.3% rise.
The surge was driven by a rise in activity in the metalworking, car-making and textile industries.
The data came as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said the rate of growth in the US and Japan was outstripping growth in the eurozone.