Retail Sales in Italy

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Italy - Retail Sales

The 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

2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  
Retail Sales (annual variation in %)-2.1  -1.2  0.8  0.4  0.9  

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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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Bond Yield2.61-0.40 %Jan 30
Exchange Rate1.140.65 %Jan 30
Stock Market19,772-0.99 %Jan 30

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