Italy Industry December 2020


Italy: Contraction in industrial production softens in December

February 9, 2021

Industrial output dipped 0.2% in December on a month-on-month, seasonally-adjusted basis. The reading followed November’s sharper 1.4% drop.

December’s softer decline reflected a milder fall in the manufacturing sector as well as a turnaround in the utilities sector which more than offset a deterioration in the mining and quarrying sector. Within the all-important manufacturing sector, the largest fall was recorded in the production of means of transportation.

On an annual basis, industrial production contracted 2.0% in December in calendar-adjusted terms, following November’s more pronounced 4.2% drop. Meanwhile, the annual average variation in industrial production improved from November’s minus 11.1% to minus 11.0% in December.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists are still assessing the latest developments.

Author: Massimo Bassetti, Senior Economist

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Italy Industry December 20 20

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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