Retail Sales in Italy

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Italy - Retail Sales

Despite structural weaknesses, and a marginal downward revision to Q2 quarter-on-quarter GDP growth, the economy seems to have stabilized on a path of moderate recovery. In August industrial production continued to expand robustly, benefiting from rising external demand for metallurgical and pharmaceutical products. Moreover, the unemployment rate ticked down, and the number of employed people increased. Nevertheless, improving labor market conditions seemingly failed to translate into higher consumer spending—as suggested by the second consecutive month of year-on-year declines in retail sales—likely due to stagnant wage growth, and the still sluggish construction sector. In mid-October, the government presented its 2018 budget, one of its last legislative measures before next year’s election. The proposed budget includes tax incentives for firms to hire young people and invest in new machinery, and avoids the VAT hikes previously set up for next year. Nevertheless, this would come at the cost of a wider fiscal deficit in 2018, which the government now projects at 1.6%—higher than the 1.0% expected without the policy changes.

Italy - Retail Sales Data

2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  
Retail Sales (annual variation in %)-1.7  -2.1  -1.1  0.8  0.0  

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Italy Retail Sales Chart

Italy Retail
Note: Annual variation of real retail sales in %.
Source: National Statistical Institute (ISTAT) and FocusEconomics calculations.

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