In December, euro zone industrial output inched up more than anticipated, as data from the Eurostat uncovered on Wednesday, pointing to the fastest economic surge rate for a decade that financial analysts expect to remain this year.
Eurostat informed that industrial output in the 19 EU countries went up 0.4% month-on-month, while year-on-year ascend accounted for 5.2%. Market experts surveyed by Reuters had hoped for a 0.2% monthly as well as 4.2% annual ascend.
The acceleration of output surge will be most likely temporary because the outlook for industry still appears to be rosy, as euro zone economists point out.
The statistics office stressed that its earlier preliminary assessment of GDP surge in the EU for the last three months of the previous year accounted for 0.6% quarter-on-quarter as well as 2.7% versus the same period of 2016.
Apart from that, the previous year euro zone GDP tacked on 2.5%, which is the fastest surge rate since a 3% ascend in 2007.
Germany’s GDP, the euro zone’s number one economy, inched up 0.6% on the quarter as well as 2.9% year-on-year during the fourth quarter. As for France’s outcome, it accounted for respectively 0.6% and 2.4%, while Spain’s figures were respectively 0.7% and 3.1%.
In addition to this Eurostat updated upwards November output figures from 1% to about 1.3% month-on-month as well as from 3.2% to 3.7% year-on-year.
The output leap was driven by durable consumer goods, including TV sets, refrigerators and so on, their output tacked on 2.7% in December on the month, and it rallied 7.4% compared to the previous year.
As for intermediate goods, including parts for their manufacturing, it went up about 1.4%, boasting an annual revenue of 6.6%.
December’s output of capital goods tacked on 7.6% year-on-year.