Argentina December industry output sheds 3.4 pct on year

BUENOS AIRES Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:06pm EST

BUENOS AIRES Jan 24 (Reuters) - Argentina's December industrial production fell 3.4 percent from a year earlier, falling far short of expectations for a 0.6 percent decline in a Reuters poll of analysts, government data showed on Thursday.

In 2012 as a whole, factory output fell 1.2 percent , the INDEC statistics institute said. Industrial production dipped 0.6 percent in December compared with November, seasonally adjusted.