"I don't know of anything to change my forecast," Saccomanni said Friday despite an unexpected drop in Italy's industrial production data.
After two consecutive months of month-to-month increases, industrial production in Italy dropped 1.1 percent from June to Jul.
That was the largest month-to-month drop since June 2012, ANSA reported Saturday.
Industrial production was down 4.3 percent from July 2012, notching the 23rd consecutive month in which the data was down compared to a year earlier, ANSA said.
Saccomanni's most recent forecast called for an end to the recession by the third or fourth quarter of 2013.
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