Italy's construction equipment sales have fallen for the fifth consecutive year in 2012, recording a drop of more than 30 per cent over 2011. During 2012, the total number of units sold was 7,606, which was 31.3 per cent fewer when compared to 2011. The number of earthmoving machines in that figure was 7,245 (-31.1 per cent), while 153 road machines (-34.3 per cent) and 208 concrete machines (-37.3 per cent) were sold. According to the Construction Equipment Outlook produced by Italian trade organisation Unacea and the research institute Prometeia, investments in the construction sector in Italy decreased by 6.9 per cent in 2012 and will keep on dropping by 2.6 per cent. They said this would, therefore, push back a recovery until 2014, when there would be an expected increase by 1.3 per cent.