PARIS, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- France's industrial production inched down by 0.1 percent in December 2012 from a month earlier driven by falling refining activities, data released by the national statistics bureau INSEE showed on Monday.
The industrial production dropped by 2.2 percent in 2012 from the level of output in 2011, according to the INSEE.
Meanwhile, France, the second economy in Euro zone, recorded a slight rise in manufacturing output by 0.1 percent on good performance of food processing business and construction activity that grew by 1.9 percent and 1.2 percent respectively.
Year-on-year level, output of the manufacturing sector in 2012, excluding production by the energy and mining sectors, fell by 2.7 percent, media quoted an INSEE offcial as saying.
As limp growth and poor demand still shadowed auto industry, manufacturing of transport equipment fell by 1.3 percent after it had risen by 5.4 percent in November, according to the INSEE.
Quarterly figures showed a 1.8-percent decline in the country's industrial production for the October-December period last year from the same period in 2011 with manufacturing output down by 2.5 percent.