Retail Sales in Italy
Italy - Retail SalesFormer arch-enemies, the 5 Star Movement (M5S) and the Democratic Party (PD), formed a new government headed by former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, which was sworn in on 5 September. Italy's government bond yield dropped on a swift resolution to the political crisis and the new government’s clearly more pro-European stance. While a deal with EU institutions on the 2020 budget, thus, appears more likely, the new cabinet seems to have a more interventionist approach, which makes the delivery of pro-market economic reforms more unlikely. Meanwhile, revised national accounts data showed that growth was flat in Q2, with both external and domestic demand making a null contribution to growth, which highlighted the broad-based weaknesses within Italy’s ailing economy. Available data for Q3 was also lackluster: Industrial production contracted again in July, and the manufacturing PMI remained entrenched in contractionary territory in August.
Italy - Retail Sales Data
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Italy Retail Sales Chart
Source: National Statistical Institute (ISTAT) and FocusEconomics calculations.
|Bond Yield||0.82||-0.40 %||Sep 04|
|Exchange Rate||1.10||0.65 %||Sep 04|
|Stock Market||21,738||-0.99 %||Sep 04|
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October 18, 2019
On 15 October, the new government formed by the Democratic Party (PD) and the Five Star Movement (M5S) submitted the draft 2020 budget to the European Commission (EC) for approval.
October 16, 2019
Consumer prices fell a revised 0.6% month-on-month in September (previously reported: -0.5% month-on-month), contrasting August’s 0.4% increase, according to revised data released by the National Statistical Institute (ISTAT) on 16 October.
October 10, 2019
Industrial output rose 0.3% in August on a month-on-month, seasonally-adjusted basis, following July’s revised 0.8% drop (previously reported: -0.7% month-on-month).
October 1, 2019
The IHS Markit manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 47.8 in September from 48.7 in August.
September 30, 2019
Consumer prices fell 0.5% month-on-month in September, contrasting August’s 0.4% increase, according to provisional data released by the National Statistical Institute (ISTAT) on 30 September.