The EU’s industrial output slipped 1.3% in February, when the novel coronavirus appeared in the continent, compared to the same month last year, the bloc’s statistical office reported on Thursday.

Eurostat said the figure was also down 1.9% in eurozone during the same period.

The eurozone/euro area or EA19 represents member states that use the single currency — euro — while the EU27 includes all member countries of the bloc.

In the EU, among main industrial groups, the production of capital goods fell the most, down 3.1% year-on-year in February.

It was followed by energy (1.7%) and intermediate goods

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