Industrial output shot up 1.7% in Jan

But last 3 months were worst trimester in 6 yrs- stats agency

(ANSA) - Rome, March 8 - Italian industrial production shot up 1.7% in January with respect to December, ending a run of four consecutive month-on-month falls, ISTAT said on Friday. The national statistics agency added, however, that production was 0.8% down on the same month last year, according to calendar-adjusted data.
    It said the rise was driven by the energy sector, which saw production rise 6.4% on December and 11.7% on January 2018, in part because temperatures were lower than a year ago. Despite January's rise, ISTAT said that the November 2018-January 2019 period was the worst three months for industrial production since the equivalent period in 2012-2013, with output down 1.8%, compared to 2.2% six years ago.
   

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