French Industrial Production Stronger Than Expected in March

By William HorobinFeaturesDow Jones Newswires

French industrial production rose further than expected in March on a surge in output of manufactured goods, statistics showed Wednesday.

Industrial output in the eurozone's second-largest economy rose 2% on month in March after a weak start to the year. Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal had forecast industrial production would rise by 1%.

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Within the overall figure, manufacturing output rose 2.5% on the month as auto output jumped 5.2% and production of machines and equipment surged 12.5%.

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May 10, 2017 03:07 ET (07:07 GMT)