epa03446312 Production of pea soup in a UNOX factory, brand of British?Dutch multinational consumer goods company Unilever, in Oss, the Netherlands, 25 October 2012. EPA/ROBIN UTRECHT
Pea soup production. © EPA

Industrial production in the eurozone slid for the second month in a row in December, highlighting the plight of the region’s makers to more sluggish global demand and political uncertainty.

Industrial production dipped by 0.9 per cent between November and December after dropping by 1.7 per cent between the two previous months.

Eurostat, which compiles the figures, said the sharpest falls were in Ireland, Malta and the Netherlands. In Germany, the figure edged up slightly.

The region’s manufacturers struggled over the second half of last year, when industrial production declined by four of the last six months.

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