TOKYO, March 31 Japan's industrial output rose
2.0 percent in February from the previous month for the fastest
pace of increase in eight months, government data showed on
Friday, in a sign that final demand is picking up.
That was more than the median estimate for a 1.2 percent
rise and followed a revised 0.4 percent decline in January, data
from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) showed.
Manufacturers surveyed by the ministry expect output to fall
2.0 percent in March and rise 8.3 percent in April, the data
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(Reporting by Stanley White; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)