TOKYO, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Japan's industrial output rose 2.7 percent in December from the previous month, up for a third straight month, government data showed on Wednesday, in a sign of brisk factory activity.
The result compared with economists' median estimate of a 1.6 percent increase in a Reuters poll, and followed a 0.5 percent rise in November.
Manufacturers surveyed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry expect output to fall 4.3 percent in January and increase 5.7 percent in February.
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