Retail Sales in Italy

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Italy - Retail Sales

Despite a slight downward revision from a preliminary release, quarter-on-quarter growth remained healthy in Q3 on the back of a strong increase in fixed investment and a robust external sector. Available data for the last quarter suggests the economy maintained its pace of growth. Although retail sales dropped in annual terms in October, in the same month industrial production growth accelerated, and the unemployment rate remained at a five-year low. Moreover, exports expanded over 10% year-on-year, pushed up by strong increases in overseas orders of transport, and base metals and metal products. In November, the manufacturing PMI reached a new multi-year high, on the back of booming new orders. Both business and consumer confidence remained at high levels, despite losing some ground from October. In a parliamentary panel held in mid-December, the economy minister reported that the value of problematic loans is now hovering around EUR 287 billion. Although elevated, the figure is well below the peak of EUR 361 billion in 2015.

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

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