Industrial production jumped 2.1 percent, rebounding from a 0.2 percent drop in the previous period and contributing 0.3 percentage points to growth: manufacturing surged 1.8 percent (-0.2 percent in the previous period); energy supply went up 4.7 percent (0.7 percent in the previous period); water and waste management rose 2.6 percent (2.4 percent in the previous period) and mining and quarrying increased 1.4 percent (-2.2 percent in the previous period).
Growth in the services industries slowed to 0.5 percent from 0.6 percent in the previous quarter, contributing 0.37 percentage points to growth. Growth in the business services and finance industries eased to 0.5 percent from 0.7 percent and was the main reason behind the reduction in services growth between the 2 quarters.
Construction output fell 0.4 percent, following a 0.3 percent decline in the previous period.
On a yearly basis, the economy advanced 2.2 percent, better than market expectations of 2 percent and the best performance in a year.