* Industry shows strongest monthly rise in 5 months
* April monthly, annual rises beat market expectations
* Portugal sees record monthly growth
* Data add to positive signs economy keeps growing
By Martin Santa
BRUSSELS, June 12 Euro zone industrial output
rebounded with a twice-as-strong as expected monthly rise in
April thanks to energy and non-durable goods production,
official data showed on Thursday, adding to positive signs that
the bloc's economy continues to grow.
Output at factory gates in the 18 countries sharing the euro
expanded 0.8 percent on the month in April following a
downwardly revised -0.4 percent drop in March, against market
expectations of a 0.4 percent rise.
When compared with the same period of last year, production
grew by a much stronger than anticipated 1.4 percent, following
an upwardly revised 0.2 percent rise in March, previously
reported as a 0.1 percent drop.
Economists polled by Reuters expected 0.9 percent annual
The monthly expansion, strongest in five months, was mainly
driven by a 2.5 percent rise in energy production, followed by a
2.1 percent increase in non-durable consumer goods output.
Production of capital goods was the only sector showing a
monthly decline, with a 0.1 percent drop.
Industrial production in Portugal, which exited an
international bailout in May and saw strong investor appetite
for its bonds this week, had production rising by a record 6.7
percent on the month in April.
Spain had monthly production rising at its fastest pace
since August 2012 and Ireland's industry recorded its strongest
annual rise in April since November 2010, according to Eurostat.
Finland and Malta were the only two euro zone countries with
production falling on the month in April, while the bloc's
second and third largest economies - France and Italy, returned
to monthly expansion in April.
Output in Germany, the euro zone's growth engine, edged up
by a smaller-than-expected 0.2 percent on the month as the
spring rebound turned out weaker than usual due to a mild
Outside the euro zone, Britain enjoyed its strongest annual
growth in over three years in April, showing that the country's
economic expansion was becoming less reliant on consumer demand
and the recovery was broadening.
The 9.5 trillion euro zone economy surprised with weaker
than expected growth at the beginning of this year as strong
growth in Germany was not enough to offset contractions in the
Netherlands, Italy and stagnating French economy.
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(Reporting by Martin Santa)