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Croatia was among the three European Union member states with the largest monthly and annual increases in industrial production in January, according to a report by the EU statistical office Eurostat on Monday.

Seasonally-adjusted industrial production in Croatia increased by 3.2% in January 2016 compared with December 2015, its largest increase since September 2015. By comparison, industrial output in December 2015 decreased by 1.8%.

The highest increases in industrial production in the EU in January 2016, compared with December 2015, were recorded in Ireland (+12.7%), Estonia (+4.9%) and Croatia (+3.2%), while the largest decreases were recorded in Malta (-5.0%), Romania (-2.3%) and Finland (-2.1%).

Seasonally-adjusted industrial production in the 28-member EU (EU28) in January 2016, compared with December 2015, increased by 1.7%, while in the 19-member euro area (EA19) it rose by 2.1%.

The increase of 1.7% in the EU28 was due to production of capital goods rising by 3.3%, energy by 2.0%, non-durable consumer goods by 1.5%, and intermediate goods and durable consumer goods both by 1.0%.

The increase of 2.1% in the EA19 was due to production of capital goods rising by 3.9%, energy and non-durable consumer goods both by 2.4%, durable consumer goods by 1.3% and intermediate goods by 0.9%.

Compared with January 2015, EU28 industrial production rose by 2.5%, while EA19 industrial production increased by 2.8%. The highest increases in industrial production were registered in Ireland (+42.7%), Lithuania (+10.5%) and Croatia (+9.3%), and the largest decreases in Malta (-8.9%), the Netherlands (-3.9%) and Finland (-1.9%).

The increase of 2.5% in the EU28 in January 2016, compared with January 2015, was due to production of non-durable consumer goods rising by 5.3%, capital goods by 4.7%, durable consumer goods by 3.0% and intermediate goods by 1.4%, while production of energy fell by 2.7%.

The increase of 2.8% in industrial production in the EA19 was due to production of non-durable consumer goods rising by 7.3%, capital goods by 4.6%, durable consumer goods by 3.2% and intermediate goods by 1.9%, while production of energy fell by 3.7%, Eurostat said.

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