Eurozone industrial output rose much more than expected in February, data showed yesterday, highlighting the manufacturing sector’s strong role in economic recovery. Industrial production in the 16-country bloc increased 0.9 per cent from January, the European Union statistics office Eurostat said. Output rose 4.1 per cent year-on-year, the biggest jump since April 2008. Analysts had on average expected production to remain unchanged in February from the previous month and increase 2.7 per cent year-on-year. The figures increased expectations that the eurozone economy has expanded in the first quarter of 2010.