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In April compared with March, seasonally adjusted industrial production grew by 0.4 percent in the euro area (EA17) and by 0.3 percent in the EU272, according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In March, production rose by 0.9 percent in both zones.
In April 2013 compared with April 2012 , industrial production fell by 0.6 percent in the euro area and by 0.8 percent in the EU27.
Production of capital goods grew by 2.7 percent in the euro area and by 2.5 percent in the EU27 in April from the prior month. Non-durable consumer goods increased by 0.7 percent in both zones. Intermediate goods remained stable in the euro area and fell by 0.1 percent in the EU27. Energy decreased by 1.5 percent in both zones. Durable consumer goods dropped by 2.7 percent in the euro area and by 1.4 percent in the EU27.
Among the Member States for which data are available, industrial production rose in ten and fell in eleven. The highest increases were registered in Ireland (up 3 percent), France ( up 2.3 percent) and Romania (up 1.9 percent), and the largest decreases in Finland (-5.1 percent), the Netherlands (-4.3 percent) and Portugal (-3.6 percent).
Production of durable consumer goods in April dropped by 6.2 percent in the euro area and by 4.3 percent in the EU27 compared with the prior month. Intermediate goods decreased by 2.8 percent and 2.9 percent respectively. Energy fell by 1.7 percent in the euro area and by 2.8 percent in the EU27. Capital goods rose by 1.6 percent and by 1.9 percent, respectively. Non-durable consumer goods increased by 1.6 percent in the euro area and 2.1 percent in the EU27.
Among the Member States for which data are available, industrial production fell in thirteen and rose in eight. The largest decreases were registered in Finland (-10.2 percent), Italy (-4.6 percent) and the Czech Republic (-3.4 percent), and the highest increases in Romania (up 12.6 percent), Lithuania (up 5 percent) and Estonia (up 2.7 percent).
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