According to Istat, in September 2011, the seasonally adjusted index of industrial production decreased by 4.8% compared to August. In the average of July-September quarter the index dropped by 0.1% from the previous quarter. Adjusted for calendar effects, the index decreased in September in trend terms by 2.7% (working days were 22, as in September 2010). In the average of the first nine months of the year, production increased by 1.3% over the same period last year. The indices adjusted for calendar effects recorded in September 2011, a growth trend for the sole energy sector (+6.7%). But significantly decreased consumer goods (-7.1%) and, to a lesser extent, clusters of intermediate goods (-2.5%) and capital goods (-0.2%). Comparing trends, the industry sectors characterized by the most marked growth are: energy (+7.4%) and manufacture of machinery and equipment nec (+3.7%). The sectors that recorded in September the larger trend decreases are textile, clothing, leather and accessories (-12.7%) and chemical manufacturing (-9.3%).
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