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Japan's industrial output falls 2.3% in Feb., hit by heavy snowfall

Japan's industrial production index in February fell 2.3 percent from the previous month, marking the first decrease in three months as heavy snowfall led automakers to halt factory operations, government data showed Monday. Noting that "temporary factors" were behind the drop, the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry maintained its basic assessment of production in the preliminary report, saying it "continues to show upward movement."

Japan factory output rises 1.5% in September

Japanese factories boosted output in September, data showed Wednesday, reversing a slide the previous month and supplying more evidence the world's third-largest economy is gathering steam. Industrial production rose 1.5 percent in September from the previous month after a 0.9 percent decline in August. "Industrial production continues to show an upward movement," the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said, referring to a general positive trend in factory output in recent months.

India's industrial data highlight 'dismal' economy

India's industrial output rose just 0.6 percent in February, official figures showed Friday, adding to a string of weak economic data and bolstering the case for more interest rate cuts. While the output increase at factories, mines and utilities defied analysts' forecasts of a 1.0-percent decline, it was much slower than January's 2.4 percent gain and a sign Asia's third-largest economy remains in trouble.

India factory output picks up, mild recovery hinted

India's industrial output grew by a surprise 2.4 percent in January, data showed Tuesday, suggesting that Asia's third-largest economy may be on track for a modest recovery. The increase in January output at India's factories, mines and utilities was more than double analyst expectations of a one-percent increase, after production shrank for two straight months. "We are on a recovery path, but that recovery will be very slow. There will be no sharp uptick," Siddhartha Sanyal, Barclays Capital's chief India economist, told AFP, a view echoed by other economists.

French official industrial output slumps 2.2% in 2012

French industrial production fell by 2.2 percent in 2012 from the level of output in 2011, the national statistics institute INSEE told AFP on Monday. Output by the manufacturing sector, excluding production by the energy and mining sectors, fell by 2.7 percent, an official at INSEE said after calculating the annual figure including the data for December published earlier on Monday. The French government is increasingly worried about low growth and signs of severe strains in the industrial sector, with deep problems in the auto industry being the latest example.

URGENT ¥¥¥ French official industrial output slumps 2.2% in 2012

French industrial production fell by 2.2 percent in 2012 from the level of output in 2011, the national statistics institute INSEE told AFP on Monday. Output by the manufacturing sector, excluding production by the energy and mining sectors, fell by 2.7 percent, an official at INSEE said after calculating the annual figure including the data for December published earlier on Monday. uh/hd/yad
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