Italy's industrial production decreased for a second month in December and at a faster pace, preliminary figures from the statistical office ISTAT showed on Friday.
Industrial production dropped 5.5 percent year-on-year in December after a fall of 2.6 percent in November. Economists had expected a 2.7 percent decline in production.
Consumer goods output fell 7.2 percent and production of intermediate goods decreased 6.4 percent. Output of energy and capital goods also declined.
On a month-on-month basis, industrial production fell 0.8 percent in December after a 1.7 percent in January.
For the whole year of 2018, the industrial production registered 0.8 percent compared to 2017.