According to Acimall, the Italian woodworking machinery manufacturers’ association, exports to Germany – Italy’s biggest market – were down 3.1% on 2012.

Sales to the US fell by 7.5%; Austria 0.6%; and Taiwan 0.2%.

China was the only one of Italy’s markets that improved, with sales up 12.6% (€790m) on 2012.

Acimall said the figures show that recovery is not yet established in the wood processing industries.