Contrary to what happened in the previous three quarters, growth was based on higher exports while domestic demand dragged the expansion down. On the production side, there was an increase in the value added in agriculture and services sectors while industry shrank.
Year-on-year, the GDP grew 1 percent after expanding by 0.8 percent in the previous quarter, but missing market expectations of 1.2 percent.
Considering full 2015, the economy advanced 0.6 percent from 2014, staying below consensus of 0.9 percent growth. Yet, it was Italy's first year of growth after a three-year recession