Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in industrial production were registered in Latvia (8.7 percent), Poland (7.5 percent) and Slovenia (7.2 percent), and the largest decreases in Malta (-7.7 percent), Greece (-1.9 percent) and Bulgaria (-1 percent).
On a monthly basis, output fell unexpectedly by 0.8 percent in February, missing market expectations of a 0.1 percent gain and following a downwardly revised 0.6 percent contraction in January. It was the steepest decline in industrial production since last June, as output fell for capital goods (-3.6 percent vs 0.6 percent), durable consumer goods (-2.1 percent vs -1.3 percent), intermediate goods (-0.8 percent vs -1.1 percent) and non-durable consumer goods (-0.5 percent vs 0.4 percent). By contrast, energy production jumped 6.8 percent after a 5.4 percent drop in the previous month.
In the EU28, output shrank 0.7 percent, following a decrease of 0.3 percent in January, due to falls in capital goods (-2.7 percent vs 0.9 percent), durable consumer goods (-1.6 percent vs -0.8 percent), intermediate goods (-1 percent vs -0.8 percent) and non-durable consumer goods (-0.4 percent vs flat reading). Production of energy, however, grew 5.1 percent (vs -2.8 percent in January).
Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in industrial production were registered in Lithuania (-3.9 percent), Estonia (-2.7 percent), Malta and Portugal (both -2.3 percent), and the highest increases in Latvia and the Netherlands (both 3.9 percent), and Croatia (2.1 percent).