The new orders index in the industrial sector, measuring both the domestic and external markets, fell 6.5 pct in December, compared with the same month in 2009, after a decline of 3.2 pct recorded the previous 12-month period, Hellenic Statistical Authority announced on Friday.

The statistics service, in a report, said the December figure reflected a 19.4 pct decline in the domestic market index and a 12.8 pct increase in the external market index. The average index in the 12-month period from January to December 2010 was up 3.9 pct.