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Italian industry feels brunt of recession

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Italian industry feels brunt of recession
Italy's industrial output fell 0.9 percent between August and September, down 2.9 percent on a year ago. Photo: Shutterstock

The Italian economy suffered a further setback on Monday after it was revealed that industrial output fell 0.9 percent between August and September, down 2.9 percent on a year ago.

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Istat, the national statistics agency, said on Monday that the decline affected all industrial sectors.

Analysts had forecast a 0.2 percent fall from August and a 0.7 percent fall from September last year.

The drop will further stall recovery in the eurozone’s third-largest economy, piling more pressure on Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to quickly implement measures to revive growth.

A European Commission report last week forecast that the Italian economy would grow at 0.6 percent next year, spurring a “fragile recovery”.

Italy's jobless rate also rose to 12.6 percent in September, from 12.5 percent in August.

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