Rome, June 11 - Almost every area of recession-hit Italy saw its exports to other parts of the world drop in the first quarter of this year, Istat said Tuesday in its regional breakdown of its balance-of-trade data. The national statistics agency said exports for the south, Sicily and Sardinia were down 7.8% on the last three months of 2013, while the north-east and central Italy both saw them decline 0.9%. Only the north-west bucked the trend with a 0.5% rise in the first quarter compared to the October-December period. Compared with the first quarter of 2012, between January and March exports decreased for north-east by 0.8%, for the south by 6.0% and for Sicily and Sardinia by 9.7%. The year-on-year figures were up 2.2% for the centre and stationary for the north-west. Exports for Italy as a whole were 0.7% down in the first quarter with respect to the same period in 2012.