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Italy’s industrial orders up, retail sales down in Dec

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 24/02/2017 (16:10)
According to data from Italy’s statistics office Istat, the country’s industrial orders increased at the fastest pace of four months in December on the back of domestic demand. After recording a 1.7% rise in November, industrial sales posted an increase of 2.9% on a monthly basis in December, supported by a rise of 6.8% in domestic demand. However, the country’s industrial orders posted a decrease of 0.9% year-on-year when compared to an increase of 0.1% in November.

Istat data showed that industrial turnover in Italy rose by 2.6% in December on a monthly basis. It posted a larger increase on a yearly basis by 9.4% in December, after a more modest rise of 3.9% in November.

However, the data showed that the country’s retail sales posted a decrease by 0.5% month-on-month in December, albeit at a slower pace than in November when it dropped by 0.7%. Italy’s retail sales were also down on a yearly basis by 0.2% after a rise of 0.8% in November. The rate of drop in December retail sales missed the estimates of an increase of 0.9%.
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