MUNICH -- A record decline in auto production caused Slovakia's total industrial output to fall more than expected in April, data showed on Monday.
The automotive industry's annual output declined 51.6 percent in April, the steepest drop since the data started being collected in 1999. The drop was 30.9 percent in March.
Overall, the country's industrial output fell 24.8 percent on the year in April compared with market forecasts for a 22.0 percent drop.
The country's biggest car factory, Volkswagen's plant in Bratislava, stopped production for two weeks in April.
"We will not see good figures in car production without Volkswagen going on full steam," said Tatra Banka analysts Juraj Valachy.