According to the Federal Statistical Office, output in the goods-producing sector fell by 3.0% in December compared with the preceding month, following a period of moderate growth during the two months previous to that (+0.5 % respectively). Industrial output declined by 3.4 %. Output in the construction sector fell by 1.7 % compared with the preceding month.
In the final quarter of 2016, overall output in the goods-producing sector remained almost unchanged, falling slightly by -0.1% compared with the third quarter. While industrial production in the fourth quarter was only slightly lower than in the third quarter, the construction sector recorded a significant increase in output of 1.6 %.
New orders in industry and the construction industry proper and the indicators of sentiment in these sectors are indicative of an upturn in production in the coming months.
 Press release by the Federal Statistical Office of 9 January 2017.
 All figures are based on provisional data and have been adjusted for price, calendar-day and seasonal factors (Census X-12-ARIMA).