Italy Industry August 2016

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Italy: Industrial production rebounds strongly in August

In August, industrial output increased 1.7% from the previous month, accelerating from July’s revised 0.7% increase (previously reported: +0.4% month-on-month). The reading marked a seven-month high and contrasted market expectations of a 0.1% drop. The increase was due to a broad-based expansion in all sectors, with the mining and quarrying sector expanding the most.

On an annual basis, industrial production grew a working-day adjusted 4.1% in August, which was the highest reading since August 2011 and contrasted July’s 0.3% decline. The overall trend improved as annual average growth in industrial output rose from July’s 1.0% to 1.2% in August.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists see industrial production growing 1.3% in 2016, which is unchanged from last month’s forecast. For 2017, panelists expect industrial output to expand 1.1%.


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Italy Industry August 2016

Note: Month-on-month changes of seasonally-adjusted industrial production and annual growth rate in %.
Source: National Statistical Institute (Istat) and FocusEconomics calculations.


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