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Industrial production in February rose 4.1 percent, rebounding from a sharp fall the previous month due to a recovery in exports of cars to the United States, government data showed Friday.

The lower-than-expected increase in production follows a downwardly revised 6.8 percent drop in January, with the seasonally adjusted index of output at factories and mines standing at 103.4 against the base of 100 for 2010, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a preliminary report.

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