The modest nature of the industrial expansion, together with its narrow spread, underline the weakness of the euro zone's recovery as policy makers at the European Central Bank mull new measures to counter a period of very low inflation.
The European Union's statistics agency Monday said output rose by 0.2% from January, and by 1.7% from February 2013. The rise in output was in line with expectations. Eurostat also revised its calculations for January, and now estimates production was unchanged during the month, having previously recorded a decline of 0.2%.
The rise in output may reassure members of the European Central Bank's governing council that the modest growth they expect to see this year is materializing. But there were signs of continued weak consumer demand, a sign that inflationary pressures are likely to remain weak.
Production of durable consumer goods fell by 1.2% from January, and were down 0.6% from February 2013. Durable goods such as washing machines and other items of household equipment are the type of nonrecurring purchases that consumers postpone if they expect to see price falls.
The euro zone has largely relied on exports to sustain its return to growth since the second quarter of last year, but with domestic demand still weak, the competitiveness of its goods and services on world markets is increasingly threatened by the strength of the euro.
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on Saturday ratcheted up his warnings about the strong euro, saying a further rise in the exchange rate would trigger additional monetary easing to keep inflation from falling too low.
"A strengthening of the exchange rate requires further monetary stimulus. That is an important dimension for our price stability," Mr. Draghi said at a news conference during meetings of the International Monetary Fund.
The rise in output wasn't widespread across the currency area, with declines recorded in Italy, Greece, Portugal, the Netherlands and four other members. Output rose most rapidly in Ireland, while the pickup was also driven by increases in Germany, France and Spain.