Industrial output from euro zone factories defied market expectations of a month-on-month decline and rose in April, data showed on Wednesday, but the pace of expansion was slowed by a drop in production of energy and durable consumer goods.
Industrial production in the 17 countries using the single currency rose by 0.4 percent on the month, after a nearly two-year high jump of 0.9 percent in March, the data from the EU statistics agency Eurostat showed.
Economists polled by Reuters had expected a 0.2 percent fall.
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