In nominal and year-on-year terms, Industry Turnover Index fell 7.7% in December (-4.3% in the previous month). Without the Energy grouping, sales change rate shifted from 0.8% in November to -5.2% in December. The indices for the domestic and non-domestic markets decreased 5.6% and 11.0% (-6.6% and -1.1% in the previous month), respectively. In the 4th quarter 2020, turnover year-on-year change rate was -6.7% (-6.3% in the 3rd quarter). For the year of 2020, the average variation was -10.6% (-1.0% in 2019).
Employment, wages and salaries and hours worked change rates were -2.9%, -1.9% and -6.1% (-2.6%, 2.2% and -7.7% in November, by the same order). The average rates for employment, wages and salaries, and hours worked (gross data) in 2020 were -2.4%, -0.5% and -8.5% (0.6%, 3.7% and 0.6% in 2019), respectively.
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