Euro zone industrial output jumps

INDUSTRIAL output rose more sharply than expected in February – posting its fastest rise in almost two years.

Production across the 16-country currency organisation increased by 0.9 per cent from January, according to European official data office Eurostat.

The figure jumped 4.1 percent year-on-year – the biggest increase since April 2008.

The euro zone economy froze in the final three months of last year – but experts believe it could have risen in the first quarter of 2010.