According to Istat, in February 2011 the seasonally adjusted index of industrial production increased by 1.4% from the previous month. In average of December to February quarter the index rose by 0.1% over the immediately preceding quarter.
Adjusted for calendar effects, in February 2011 the index rose by 2.3% in terms of trend (the working days were 20 as in February 2010). In the average of the first two months of the year, production increased by 1.3% over the same period last year.
The indices adjusted for calendar effects recorded in February 2011, a growth trend for groups of capital goods (+6.5%) and intermediate goods (+3.5%). Decrease instead by 3.0% for the energy and by 1.1% for consumer goods.
In comparison trend, the manufacturing sectors characterized by a steeper growth are: manufacture of machinery and equipment nec (+10.6%), metallurgy and manufacture of fabricated metal products except machinery and equipment (+8.8%) and other manufacturing, repair and installation of machinery and equipment (+7.3%).
The sector that in terms of trend recorded in February the largest negative change, is the manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products, electro-medical appliances, measuring instruments and clocks (-12.3%).