Trade Balance in Italy

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Italy - Trade Balance (Euros)

The economy slipped into technical recession for the third time in a decade in the second half of 2018, contracting even more sharply in the fourth quarter than it did in the third. Shrinking domestic demand was likely the culprit for the gloomy showing. Particularly, business sentiment was hit by erratic and interventionist government policies, as well as by financial turbulence, while substantial stagnation in job creation—following the introduction of stricter recruitment rules—hurt private consumption. The economy seems set to record another poor performance in the first quarter of 2019: In January, business confidence declined further, while the manufacturing sector dived deeper into contractionary territory; and the recent weakening in credit provision also bodes poorly for the economy. At its latest review of the country on 22 February, Fitch Ratings kept a negative outlook with a BBB credit rating, citing an extremely high level of public debt and the absence of structural fiscal adjustment amid a volatile political landscape as the chief concerns.

Italy - Trade Balance (EUR) Data

2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  
Trade Balance (EUR billion)29.2  41.9  41.8  49.6  47.4  

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Italy Trade
Note: Trade balance (in EUR bn).
Source: Bank of Italy.

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Bond Yield2.53-0.40 %Mar 20
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