Italy: Industrial production drops for a second consecutive month
December 10, 2010
In October, industrial output fell a seasonally-adjusted 0.1% over the previous month. While this marked the second consecutive monthly drop, the decline represented an improvement compared to the 2.1% fall recorded in September. However, the September reading surprised the market on the downside, as it contrasted market expectations of a 0.7% rise. The deterioration was led by the mining sector, which fell 5.7% over the previous month, contrasting the 0.5% month-on-month increase recorded in September. The manufacturing sector recorded a flat monthly reading, reversing the 2.1% mom drop recorded in September while the electricity, gas and water supply sector rose 1.9% mom (September: -2.9% mom). On an annual basis, industrial output rose a calendar-adjusted 2.9%, down from the previous month's 4.4% increase. Despite the slowing, the trend continued to improve, as annual average growth in industrial production doubled from 1.5% in September to 3.1% in October, in which represented the highest result since November 2007.
Author: Armando Ciccarelli, Head of Data Solutions