Retail Sales in Italy
Italy - Retail SalesThe economy likely remained quite weak in the fourth quarter of last year, following a third quarter in which shrinking domestic demand led the economy to contract for the first time in over three years. After a mediocre showing in October, industrial production contracted sharply in November, in line with that seen across the Euro area. Moreover, the manufacturing PMI remained in contractionary terrain and business confidence deteriorated throughout the quarter, signaling subdued private-sector activity. Meanwhile, a worsening economic outlook weighed on consumer confidence in Q4, which, together with higher unemployment in October-November, suggest protracted weakness in consumer spending. In further bad news, fears about the health of the Italian banking sector resurfaced following the government’s intervention to support troubled lender Carige and the ECB’s warning over worsening capital position for MPS Bank.
Italy - Retail Sales Data
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Italy Retail Sales Chart
Source: National Statistical Institute (ISTAT) and FocusEconomics calculations.
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February 8, 2019
Industrial output contracted 0.8% in December on a month-on-month, seasonally-adjusted basis, following November’s revised 1.7% contraction (previously reported: -1.6% month-on-month).
February 4, 2019
According to provisional data released by the National Statistical Institute (ISTAT) on 4 February, consumer prices rose 0.1% month-on-month in January, contrasting December’s 0.1% decline.
February 1, 2019
The IHS Markit manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 47.8 in January from December’s 49.2, marking the worst reading in close to six years.
January 31, 2019
Confirming the markets’ gloomiest predictions, Italy’s GDP contracted for the second consecutive quarter over the previous period in seasonally- and working-day adjusted terms in the last quarter of last year, according to an advance estimate released by the National Statistics Office (ISTAT) on 31 January.
January 30, 2019
The National Institute of Statistics (Istat)’s composite business confidence indicator (Clima di Fiducia delle Imprese Italiane, IESE)—which covers the manufacturing, construction, market services and retail sectors—edged down to 99.2 points in January from December’s revised 99.7 points (previously reported: 99.8 points), marking the worst reading in nearly two years and a half. January’s reading was the result of deteriorating sentiment in the manufacturing, retail trade and market services sectors, which more than offset improved sentiment in the construction sector.