According to Istat, in the month of November, the seasonally adjusted index of confidence in the manufacturing sector rose to 94.4 from 94.2 in October. The ratings on orders worsen, while the production expectations improved slightly, with the balance relating to inventories remains unchanged. The index increased from 96.0 to 97.6 in consumer goods, from 94.9 to 95.3 in intermediate goods, and decreases from 91.3 to 91.0 in capital goods.
In October 2011, the seasonally adjusted index of confidence in construction companies rose to 80.1 from 78.6 in September. The judgments of orders and / or construction plans improve, but worsen the employment expectations. The index rose to 69.2 from 67.1 in the construction of buildings and from 90.2 to 91.9 in specialized construction work. Instead, the civil engineering index dropped to 78.3 from 88.3.