South Korean manufacturers optimistic about future
29 February 2012 Last updated at 04:26 GMT
South Korea's industrial production rose by a more-than-expected 3.3% in January from the previous month.
The jump comes amid concerns that the eurozone crisis may hurt demand for Korean exports and dent growth of Asia's fourth-largest economy.
The BBC's Seoul correspondent Lucy Williamson says the mood among the country's leading manufacturers is upbeat.