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Thursday December 01 2016
Italy Unemployment Rate Falls to 11.6%  
The jobless rate in Italy decreased to 11.6 percent in October of 2016 from 11.7 percent in the previous month, matching market expectations. However, the economy shed 30 thousand jobs and 82 thousand more people left the labour force.
Thursday December 01 2016
Italy GDP Growth Confirmed at 0.3% QoQ in Q3  
Italy's gross domestic product expanded 0.3 percent quarter-on-quarter in the three months to September, compared to an upwardly revised 0.1 percent growth in the June quarter and in line with preliminary estimates. Positive contributions from domestic demand offset a decline in net exports.
Wednesday November 30 2016
Italian Inflation Beats Expectations in November  
Italy's consumer prices rose 0.1 percent year-on-year in November 2016 after falling by 0.2 percent in October and better than market expectations of 0.1 percent drop. Annual core inflation went up to 0.4 percent compared to 0.2 percent in the previous month. On a monthly basis, consumer prices fell 0.1 percent, at the same pace as in October but less than market expectations of 0.3 percent decline.
Thursday November 17 2016
Italy Trade Surplus Above Expectations in September  
Italy's trade surplus rose to €3.67 billion in September 2016 from €2.19 billion in the same month of the previous year and better than market expectations of €2.85 billion surplus. Exports rose 3.1 percent while imports declined 2.7 percent. With European Union countries, Italy registered a trade surplus of €0.78 billion, compared with a surplus of €0.41 billion euros in September 2015.
Tuesday November 15 2016
Italy GDP Growth Beats Expectations in Q3  
Italy's gross domestic product advanced 0.3 percent on the quarter in the three months to September 2016, after showing no growth in the previous period and beating market expectations of 0.2 percent expansion, preliminary estimates showed.
Monday November 14 2016
Italy Falls Back Into Deflation in October  
Italy's consumer prices declined 0.2 percent year-on-year in October 2016 after growing by 0.1 percent in September and worse than preliminary estimates of 0.1 percent fall. Prices fell the most since June, led by lower prices for housing and utilities, food and hotels and restaurants. Also, annual core inflation rate, which excludes energy and unprocessed food, fell to a record low of 0.2 percent compared to 0.5 percent the previous month. On a monthly basis, consumer prices fell 0.1 percent, following a 0.2 percent drop in September.
Thursday November 03 2016
Italy Unemployment Rate Up to 11.7%  
Italy seasonally adjusted jobless rate increased to 11.7 percent in September of 2016 from an upwardly revised 11.5 percent in August and above market expectations of 11.4 percent. It is the biggest figure since February as the number of unemployed persons rose 2 percent while employment edged up at a slower 0.2 percent.
Monday October 31 2016
Italy Slides Back Into Deflation  
Italy's consumer prices are expected to fall by 0.1 percent year-on-year in October 2016 after growing by 0.1 percent in September and missing market consensus of 0.1 percent gain, preliminary estimates showed. Lower prices for energy products and unprocessed food dragged down inflation, while cost of services related to recreation, including repair and personal care showed no growth.
Monday October 17 2016
Italy Trade Surplus Widens 39% YoY in August  
Italian trade surplus increased to €2.5 billion in August 2016 compared with a surplus of €1.8 billion in the same month of 2015. Exports went up 11.4 percent, driven by higher sales of motor vehicles and electrical equipment. Imports rose 9.4 percent, led by purchases of vehicles; machinery and equipment and chemical and pharmaceutical products. With European Union countries, Italy registered a trade surplus of €0.39 billion, compared with a surplus of €0.46 billion euros in August 2015.
Friday October 14 2016
Italy Annual Inflation Rate Confirmed at 8-Month High  
Italy's consumer prices rose 0.1 percent year-on-year in September 2016, following a 0.1 percent drop in August and in line with preliminary estimates. It was the first gain since January this year, as cost of accommodation and clothing continued to rise while prices of transport and housing fell at a slower pace.
Friday September 30 2016
Italy Inflation Rate at 0.1% in September  
Consumer prices in Italy are expected to edge up by 0.1 percent year-on-year in September of 2016, following a 0.1 percent fall in August and in line with market consensus. It was the first month of rise in consumer prices after seven straight months of deflation, as energy prices fell less. On a monthly basis, consumer prices edged down 0.2 percent.
Friday September 30 2016
Italy Unemployment Rate Stable at 11.4% in August  
Italy's seasonally adjusted jobless rate was recorded at 11.4 percent in August 2016, unchanged from July's figure and in line with market expectations. The number of unemployed fell slightly while employment levels increased.
Friday September 16 2016
Italy Trade Surplus Narrows 3.4% YoY in July  
Italy recorded a trade surplus of €7.80 billion in July 2016 compared with a surplus of €8.07 billion in the same month of 2015. Exports fell 7.3 percent, dragged by lower sales of coke and refined petroleum products; and imports declined 8.3 percent, as purchases of natural gas and crude oil fell by the most. With European Union countries, Italy registered a trade surplus of €2.91 billion, compared with a surplus of €3.05 billion euros in July 2015.
Wednesday September 14 2016
Consumer Prices in Italy Fall 0.1% YoY in August  
Italy deflation held steady at 0.1 percent in August, the same as in the previous month and in line with preliminary estimates. It is the seventh consecutive month of falling consumer prices, due to lower cost for transport, housing and utilities, final figures showed.
Friday September 02 2016
Italian Economy Stalls in Q2  
Italy's gross domestic product remained flat in the second quarter of 2016 compared to a 0.3 percent expansion in the previous period and in line with preliminary estimates. It was the lowest GDP growth since the fourth quarter of 2014, as a positive contribution from foreign trade was offset by a contraction in domestic demand. Compared with the same quarter a year earlier, the GDP advanced 0.8 percent, above preliminary estimates of a 0.7 percent growth.
Wednesday August 31 2016
Italy Deflation Steady at 0.1% in August  
Consumer prices in Italy are expected to edge down by 0.1 percent year-on-year in August of 2016, at the same pace as in the previous month and in line with market expectations. It is the seventh consecutive month of deflation, mainly driven by lower prices for housing and utilities, transport and communications. On a monthly basis, consumer prices edged up 0.2 percent.
Wednesday August 31 2016
Italian Jobless Rate Unexpectedly Falls to 11.4% in July  
The unemployment rate in Italy decreased to 11.4 percent in July of 2016 from 11.6 percent in the previous month and below market expectations of 11.6 percent. The number of unemployed persons fell 1.3 percent to 2,944 thousand while employment also declined by 0.3 percent to 22,765 thousand.
Friday August 12 2016
Italian Economy Stalls in Q2  
Italy's gross domestic product showed no growth on the quarter in the three months to June 2016 compared to a 0.3 percent expansion in the previous period while missing market expectations of 0.2 percent growth, preliminary estimates showed. It was the lowest reading since the fourth quarter of 2014, as a positive contribution from foreign trade was offset by a contraction in domestic demand.
Thursday August 11 2016
Italy Trade Surplus Widens in June  
Italy trade surplus increased to EUR 4.66 billion in June of 2016, from a EUR 2.77 billion surplus a year earlier. Exports fell 0.5 percent, dragged down by refined petroleum products. Imports declined by a faster 6.1 percent, mainly due to lower energy purchases.
Thursday August 11 2016
Italy Deflation Confirmed at 0.1% in July  
Consumer prices in Italy decreased slightly by 0.1 percent year-on-year in July of 2016, following a 0.4 percent decline in the previous period and in line with preliminary estimates, final figures showed. It was smallest fall in six months, as cost of energy dropped at a slower pace while unprocessed food prices rose further.
Friday July 29 2016
Italy Unemployment Rate Edges Up to 11.6%  
The unemployment rate in Italy increased slightly to 11.6 percent in June of 2016 from 11.5 percent in the previous month as more people joined the labour force.
Friday July 29 2016
Italy Deflation Eases to 0.1% in July  
Consumer prices in Italy are expected to edge down by 0.1 percent year-on-year in July of 2016, following a 0.4 percent fall in the previous period, as cost of energy fell less and unprocessed food increased more. It is the sixth consecutive month of deflation although figures came better than market expectations of a 0.2 percent decline, preliminary estimates showed. On a monthly basis, consumer prices edged up 0.2 percent.
Friday July 15 2016
Italy Trade Surplus Widens 22% in May  
Italy trade surplus increased 22 percent year-on-year to EUR 5.03 billion in May of 2016, from a EUR 4.11 billion surplus a year earlier. It was the highest value for a May month since at least 1991 as exports increased 2.4 percent while imports fell 0.2 percent.
Wednesday July 13 2016
Italy Deflation Confirmed at -0.4% in June  
Consumer prices in Italy fell 0.4 percent year-on-year in June of 2016, following 0.3 percent drop in the previous month and matching preliminary estimates. The country has remained in deflation for a fifth straight month, as transport and housing prices continued to decline and restaurants and hotels cost rose at a slower pace. On a monthly basis, prices edged up 0.1 percent.
Friday July 01 2016
Italy Jobless Rate Drops to 11.5%  
Italy's seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 11.5 percent in May 2016 compared with a downwardly revised 11.6 percent in the previous month, beating market expectations. The number of unemployed continued to decrease while employment levels increased for the third month running.
Thursday June 30 2016
Italy Deflation Deepens to 0.4% in June  
Consumer prices in Italy are expected to decrease 0.4 percent year-on-year in June of 2016, following 0.3 drop in the previous period. The figure came worse than market expectations of 0.2 percent decline marking the fifth straight month of deflation, mainly due to the slowdown of the annual growth of prices of non-energy industrial goods while partially offset by the slower fall of non-regulated energy goods. On a monthly basis, consumer prices edged up 0.1 percent.
Friday June 17 2016
Italy Trade Surplus Widens 29% in March  
Italian trade surplus increased to EUR 4.52 billion in April of 2016, from a EUR 3.51 billion surplus a year earlier. Imports went down by 4.3 percent due to lower purchases of crude oil and natural gas and exports declined 1 percent as outbound shipments of refined petroleum, pharmaceuticals and chemicals fell.
Tuesday June 14 2016
Italy Deflation Rate Confirmed at -0.3%  
Consumer prices in Italy fell 0.3 percent year-on-year in May of 2016, easing from 0.5 percent drop in the previous month and matching preliminary estimates. Yet, a rebound in prices of tobacco and unprocessed food was not enough to offset declines in housing, utilities and transport.
Tuesday May 31 2016
Italy Q1 GDP Growth Confirmed at 0.3%  
The Italian economy advanced 0.3 percent on the quarter in the three months to March of 2016 compared to a 0.2 percent expansion in the previous period, matching first estimates. Growth was mainly driven by household consumption and an accumulation of inventories while a slump in exports contributed negatively.
Tuesday May 31 2016
Italy Deflation Slows in May  
Consumer prices in Italy are expected to decrease by 0.3 percent year-on-year in May of 2016, lower than a 0.5 percent fall in April and matching market expectations, preliminary estimates showed. The country recorded the fourth straight month of deflation although it slowed due to higher prices of tobacco and unprocessed food.
Tuesday May 31 2016
Italy Jobless Rate Rises to 11.7% in April  
Italy's seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose to 11.7 percent in April 2016 compared with an upwardly revised 11.5 percent in the previous month, above market forecast of 11.4 percent. The rise in the unemployment rate was only due to previously discouraged workers deciding to seek employment while the number of employed rose for the second month running.
Tuesday May 17 2016
Italy Trade Surplus Widens 40% in March  
Italian trade surplus increased to €5.36 billion in March of 2016, from a €3.8 billion surplus a year earlier and above market expectations of €4.2 billion. Exports went down 1.1 percent, led by lower sales of refined petroleum products and metals. Imports declined 5.9 percent, as purchases of crude oil and natural gas decreased sharply.
Friday May 13 2016
Italy Slides Deeper Into Deflation  
Consumer prices in Italy decreased by 0.5 percent year-on-year in April of 2016, following a 0.2 percent fall in the previous month and compared to preliminary estimated of 0.4 percent drop. It is the biggest drop in consumer prices since January of 2015 mainly due to lower energy cost. On a monthly basis, prices went down 0.1 percent.
Friday May 13 2016
Italian Economy Expands 0.3% in Q1  
The Italian economy advanced 0.3 percent on the quarter in the three months to March of 2016 compared to an upwardly revised 0.2 percent expansion in the previous period, in line with market expectations. It was the fifth consecutive quarter of growth, driven by domestic demand, preliminary estimates showed.
Friday April 29 2016
Italy Deflation at 15-Month High  
Consumer prices in Italy are expected to decrease by 0.4 percent year-on-year in April of 2016 following a 0.2 percent fall in the previous month and compared to market expectations of a 0.2 percent decrease. It is the biggest drop in consumer prices since January of 2015 mainly due to lower energy cost. On a monthly basis, prices were stable, preliminary estimates showed.
Friday April 29 2016
Italy Jobless Rate Lowest Since December 2012  
Italy's seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 11.4 percent in March 2016 compared with a downwardly revised 11.6 percent in the previous month, beating market expectations of 11.7 percent. It was the lowest reading since December of 2012, as the number of unemployed persons fell 2.1 percent from the month before while employment rose 0.4 percent.
Friday April 15 2016
Italian Trade Surplus Widens in February  
Italian trade surplus increased to €3.86 billion in February of 2016, from a €3.5 billion surplus a year earlier and well above market expectations of €2.3 billion. Exports went up 3.3 percent, mainly due to higher sales of medical, pharmaceutical and chemical products, computers, electronic and optical products, rubber and plastic products. Imports grew 2.4 percent, as purchases of motor vehicles and medical, pharmaceutical and chemical products rose while imports of crude oil and natural gas fell sharply.
Thursday April 14 2016
Italy Inflation Rate Confirmed at -0.2% in March  
Consumer prices in Italy declined by 0.2 percent year-on-year in March of 2016 compared to a 0.3 percent drop in the previous month and in a line with preliminary estimates. It was the second straight fall, mainly driven by a further decrease of energy prices. On a monthly basis, consumer prices edged up 0.2 percent.
Friday April 01 2016
Italy Jobless Rate Rises to 11.7% in February  
The seasonally adjusted jobless rate in Italy edged up to 11.7 percent in February of 2016 compared to an upwardly revised 11.6 percent in the previous month while staying above market expectations of 11.5 percent. On a monthly basis, 97 thousand jobs were lost in February, outweighing a rise of 73 thousand in January.
Thursday March 31 2016
Italy Deflation Slows in March  
Consumer prices in Italy are expected to decrease by 0.2 percent year-on-year in March of 2016 compared to a 0.3 percent drop in the previous month while beating market expectations of 0.3 percent fall. It was the second straight fall, mainly due to a sharp drop in prices of energy.
Thursday March 17 2016
Italy Trade Surplus at 3-Year Low  
Italian trade surplus decreased to €0.04 billion in January of 2016, down from a €0.13 billion surplus a year earlier and staying way below market expectations of €4.33 billion. It was the smallest trade surplus since January of 2013, when the trade balance recorded a €1.85 billion deficit, as exports decreased 3.5 percent, mainly due to lower sales of refined petroleum products and base metals, while imports went down at a slower 3.2 percent, as purchases of crude oil and natural gas led the fall.
Tuesday March 15 2016
Italy Consumer Prices Post 1st Fall in 10 Months  
Consumer prices in Italy decreased by 0.3 percent year-on-year in February 2016 compared to a 0.3 percent growth in the previous month and matching preliminary estimates, final figures showed. It was the first annual fall since April 2015 and the biggest in more than a year, as cost of food and transportation dragged inflation down.
Friday March 04 2016
Italian Economy Expands 0.1% in Q4  
The Italian economy advanced 0.1 percent on quarter in the three months to December of 2015, easing from a 0.2 percent growth in the previous quarter and matching first estimates. Household consumption, fixed investment and net exports were the main drivers of growth while inventories held back the economy.
Tuesday March 01 2016
Italy Jobless Rate Edges Down to 11.5%  
The seasonally adjusted jobless rate in Italy edged down to 11.5 percent in January 2016 compared to an upwardly revised 11.6 percent in the previous month while staying above market expectations of 11.4 percent. Nevertheless 70,000 jobs were created as the number of people in work rose to its highest level since August 2015.
Monday February 29 2016
Italy Returns to Deflation in February  
Consumer prices in Italy are expected to decrease by 0.3 percent year-on-year in February of 2016 compared to a 0.3 percent growth in the previous month while missing market expectations of 0.1 percent fall. It was the first annual fall since April last year, as prices of energy, unprocessed food and services related to transport dropped.
Monday February 22 2016
Italy Inflation Rate Confirmed at 0.3% in January  
Consumer prices increased by 0.3 percent year-on-year in January of 2016, following a 0.1 percent growth in the previous month and matching preliminary estimates. The speed up was mainly due to the reduction of the annual decrease of prices of nonregulated energy products (-5.9 percent from -8.7 percent in December 2015) and rise of services related to transport (+0.5 percent, from -1.7 percent in December 2015).These dynamics were partially offset by the slowdown of the annual growth of prices of unprocessed food (+0.6 percent, from +2.3 percent in the previous month).
Tuesday February 16 2016
Italy Trade Surplus Widens 5% in December  
Italian trade surplus increased to €6.02 billion in December of 2015, up from a €5.72 billion surplus a year earlier and beating market expectations of €3.87 billion, as exports increased 3 percent while imports rose at a slower 2.6 percent. Considering full 2015, the country posted a €45.19 billion surplus.
Friday February 12 2016
Italian Economy Barely Expands in Q4  
The Italian economy advanced 0.1 percent on quarter in the three months to December of 2015 compared to a 0.2 percent expansion in the previous period while missing market expectations of 0.3 percent. It was the fourth consecutive quarter of growth, yet the pace of acceleration has slowed for the third straight period, preliminary estimates showed.
Wednesday February 03 2016
Italy Inflation Rate Up to 0.3% in January  
Consumer prices in Italy are expected to increase by 0.3 percent year-on-year in January of 2016, up from a 0.1 percent growth in the previous month and matching market expectations. While prices of transport-related services rose following a decline in the previous month, energy cost fell at a slower pace.
Tuesday February 02 2016
Italy Unemployment Rate Worse than Expected  
The jobless rate in Italy came in at 14 percent in December of 2015, the same as an upwardly revised 14 percent in the previous month. Figures came above market expectations as the number of unemployed grew by 18 thousand and the economy lost 21 thousand jobs.
Monday January 18 2016
Italian Trade Surplus Widens 29% in November  
Italian trade surplus increased to €4.41 billion in November of 2015, up from a €3.42 billion surplus a year earlier, as exports increased 6.4 percent while imports rose at a slower 3.8 percent.
Friday January 15 2016
Italy Inflation Rate Confirmed at 0.1% in December  
Consumer prices in Italy increased by 0.1 percent year-on-year in December of 2015, the same as in the previous month and matching preliminary estimates. While cost of leisure activities and accommodation rose further, transport prices continued to drag the inflation down.
Thursday January 07 2016
Italy Unemployment Rate Falls to 3-Year Low  
The jobless rate in Italy declined to 11.3 percent in November of 2015 from 11.5 percent in the previous two months, below market expectations and reaching the lowest since December of 2012. Youth unemployment declined to 38.1 percent from 39.3 percent in October, the lowest since June of 2013.
Tuesday January 05 2016
Italian Inflation Rate Disappoints in December  
Consumer prices in Italy are expected to increase by only 0.1 percent year-on-year in December of 2015, the same as in the previous month while missing market expectations of 0.2 percent growth. While prices of recreational, cultural and personal care rose further and energy cost fell at a slower pace; prices of services related to transport dropped sharply dragging down inflation.
Thursday December 17 2015
Italian Trade Surplus Narrows in October  
Italy recorded a €4.18 billion trade surplus in October of 2015, down from a €5.4 billion surplus a year earlier, as exports decreased while imports were stable.
Monday December 14 2015
Italian Inflation Rate Confirmed at 0.1% in November  
Consumer prices in Italy increased by 0.1 percent year-on-year in November of 2015, compared to 0.3 percent in the previous month and matching preliminary estimates. It was the lowest level since May this year, as cost of food, accommodation, health and leisure activities rose at a slower pace while prices of housing and transportation continued to drag the inflation down.
Tuesday December 01 2015
Italy GDP Growth Confirmed at 0.2% in Q3  
The Italian economy advanced 0.2 percent on quarter in the three months to September, following a 0.3 percent growth in the previous period and 0.4 percent in the first quarter of the year. It confirmed first estimates of a growth slowdown, as household consumption and increases in inventories were the main drivers of expansion while negative trade flows continued to hold the economy back, final figures showed.
Tuesday December 01 2015
Italian Jobless Rate Falls to 11.5% in October  
Unemployment rate in Italy decreased to 11.5 percent in October of 2015, from a downwardly revised 11.5 percent in the previous month and below market expectations. It was the lowest value since December of 2012, as unemployment decreased by 0.5 percent while employment declined at a slower 0.2 percent.
Monday November 30 2015
Italy Inflation Rate at 6-Month Low  
Consumer prices in Italy are expected to edge up 0.1 percent year-on-year in November of 2015, slowing from a 0.3 percent rise in the previous month and the lowest since May, preliminary estimates showed. On a monthly basis, the inflation rate turned negative.
Tuesday November 17 2015
Italian Trade Surplus Widens 8% in September  
Italy recorded a €2.19 billion trade surplus in September of 2015, up from a €2.02 billion surplus a year earlier, as exports increased at a faster pace than imports.
Friday November 13 2015
Italian Inflation Rate Confirmed at 0.3% in October  
Consumer prices in Italy increased by 0.3 percent year-on-year in October of 2015, following a 0.2 percent growth in the previous month and in line with preliminary estimates. It was the highest value since May of 2014, driven up by cost of unprocessed food and services related to recreation.
Friday November 13 2015
Italian GDP Grows at Slowest Pace This Year  
The Italian economy advanced by 0.2 percent on quarter in the three months to September, slowing from a 0.3 percent expansion in the previous period and staying below expectations of 0.3 percent growth. It was the third consecutive quarter of growth, yet the pace of acceleration has slowed significantly, preliminary estimates showed.
Friday October 30 2015
Italian Inflation Rate at 17-Month High  
Consumer prices in Italy are expected to rise by 0.3 percent year-on-year in October of 2015, up from a 0.2 percent increase in the previous month. It was the highest value since May of 2014, pushed up by cost of unprocessed food and services related to recreation.
Friday October 30 2015
Italian Jobless Rate Lowest Since January 2013  
Unemployment rate in Italy decreased to 11.8 percent in September of 2015, from 11.9 percent in the previous month and beating market expectations. It was the lowest value since January of 2013, as unemployment decreased by 1.1 percent while employment declined at a much slower 0.2 percent.
Friday October 16 2015
Italy Trade Surplus at 2-1/2-Year Low  
Italy recorded a €1.8 billion trade surplus in August of 2015, narrowing from a downwardly revised €8.07 billion surplus in the previous month and the lowest since February of 2013. Imports increased more than exports as lower prices dragged energy sales down.
Wednesday October 14 2015
Italian Inflation Rate Steady at 0.2% in September  
Consumer prices in Italy increased by 0.2 percent year-on-year in September of 2015, the same pace as in the previous three months and below preliminary estimations of 0.3 percent growth. While cost of food increased at a faster pace, prices of transportation continued to drag the inflation down.
Wednesday September 30 2015
Italian Inflation Rate Highest Since July 2014  
Consumer prices in Italy are expected to rise by 0.3 percent year-on-year in September of 2015, up from a 0.2 percent in the previous month pushed up by increase in cost of unprocessed food and services related to transportation.
Wednesday September 30 2015
Italian Unemployment Rate Falls to 2-1/2-Year Low  
Jobless rate in Italy decreased slightly to 11.9 percent in August of 2015, from 12 percent in the previous month and matching market expectations. It was the lowest value since February of 2013, as unemployment decreased by 0.4 percent while employment went up by 0.3 percent.
Thursday September 17 2015
Italian Trade Surplus Widens to Record High in July  
Italy recorded a €8.03 billion trade surplus in July of 2015, up from a €6.92 billion surplus a year earlier. It was the highest value ever recorded, as exports reached an all time high while imports rose at a slower pace.
Monday September 14 2015
Italy Inflation Rate Confirmed at 0.2% in August  
Italian consumer prices increased by 0.2 percent in August of 2015, the same pace as in the previous two months and matching preliminary estimates. Higher prices of food and accommodation were enough to offset a further decline in cost of transportation, final figures showed.
Tuesday September 01 2015
Italian GDP Growth Beats Expectations in Q2  
The Italian economy advanced 0.3 percent on quarter in the three months to June, following an upwardly revised 0.4 percent growth in the previous quarter and beating first estimate of 0.2 percent. Household consumption and increases in inventories were the main drivers of expansion while negative trade flows held the economy back, final figures showed.
Tuesday September 01 2015
Italy Unemployment Rate at 2-Year Low  
The jobless rate in Italy fell to 12 percent in July from a downwardly revised 12.5 percent in June, the lowest since July of 2013 and below market forecasts.
Monday August 31 2015
Italian Inflation Rate Steady at 0.2% in August  
Consumer prices in Italy are expected to increase by 0.2 percent year-on-year in August of 2015, the same pace as in the previous month and slightly above market expectations.
Friday August 14 2015
Italian Economy Expands Less Than Expected  
Italian gross domestic product rose 0.2 percent, slowing compared with a 0.3 percent increase in the January to March period. Still it is a second consecutive quarter of growth.
Wednesday August 12 2015
Italy Trade Surplus Narrows in June  
Italy recorded a €2.81 billion trade surplus in June of 2015, down from a €3.24 billion surplus a year earlier as exports rose at a slower pace than imports.
Tuesday August 11 2015
Italy Inflation Rate Confirmed at 0.2% in July  
Italian annual inflation was recorded at 0.2 percent in July of 2015, the same pace as in the previous month. While prices of food and accommodation eased and transport cost fell further, prices of leisure activities and health accelerated along with a smaller decline in housing cost.
Friday July 31 2015
Italy Inflation Rate Stable at 0.2%  
Consumer prices in Italy are expected to rise 0.2 percent year-on-year in July of 2015, the same rate as in June, in line with market expectations.
Friday July 31 2015
Italian Unemployment Rate Rises to 12.7% in June  
Jobless rate in Italy increased unexpectedly to 12.7 percent in June of 2015, from an upwardly revised 12.5 percent in the previous month, as unemployment increased by 1.7 percent while employment fell slightly by 0.1 percent. It was the highest value in seven months.
Thursday July 16 2015
Italy Trade Surplus Widens in May  
Italy recorded a €4.18 billion trade surplus in May of 2015, up from a €3.72 billion surplus a year earlier as exports rose at a faster pace than imports.
Tuesday July 14 2015
Italy Inflation Rate Edges Up in June  
Italian consumer prices increased 0.2 percent year-on-year in June 2015, the highest in 7 months, compared to a flash estimate of 0.1 percent and from a 0.1 percent growth in May. While prices of accommodation, health and leisure activities rose further, housing cost fell at a slower pace.
Tuesday June 30 2015
Italy Inflation Rate Stable at 0.1%  
Consumer prices in Italy are expected to rise 0.1 percent year-on-year in June of 2015, the same rate as in May, in line with market expectations.
Tuesday June 30 2015
Italian Unemployment Rate Steady at 12.4%  
Jobless rate in Italy remained unchanged in May of 2015, from 12.4 percent in the previous month, as unemployment showed no growth while employment fell slightly.
Wednesday June 17 2015
Italy Trade Surplus Widens in April  
Italy recorded a €3.74 billion trade surplus in April of 2015, up from a €3.52 billion surplus a year earlier as both exports and imports rose.
Monday June 15 2015
Italy Inflation Rate at 6-Month High  
Italian consumer prices increased 0.1 percent year-on-year in May 2015, compared to a flash estimate of 0.2 percent. It was the first increase of the year, as accommodation prices rose further while transport and non-regulated energy products cost fell at a slower pace.
Wednesday June 03 2015
Italy Unemployment Rate at Nearly 2-year Low  
The jobless rate in Italy decreased to 12.4 percent in April of 2015 from a downwardly revised 12.6 percent in the previous month. It is the lowest rate since August of 2013 as 159 thousand new jobs were created.
Friday May 29 2015
Italy Inflation Rate Up to 0.2%  
Consumer prices in Italy are expected to rise 0.2 percent year-on-year in May of 2015, the first increase since November of 2014 and after four months of deflation.
Friday May 29 2015
Italian GDP Grows for the First Time in Six Quarters  
The Italian economy advanced 0.3 percent on quarter in the first three months of 2015, matching preliminary estimates and marking the first expansion since mid-2013. Investments were the main driver of growth while private consumption and net external demand contributed negatively.
Monday May 18 2015
Italy Trade Surplus Widens in March  
Italy recorded a €4.06 billion trade surplus in March of 2015, up from a €3.8 billion surplus a year earlier as exports rose 9.2 percent.
Wednesday May 13 2015
Italy Reports Deflation For The Fourth Consecutive Month  
Italian consumer price index declined by 0.1 percent on annual basis compared to the flash estimate of 0 percent as energy cost declined further.
Wednesday May 13 2015
Italian GDP Growth Beats Expectations  
The Italian economy expanded 0.3 percent in the first three months of 2015, after showing no growth or contracting in five previous quarters. It is the strongest expansion in four years.
Thursday April 30 2015
Italian Inflation Rate Flat in April  
Consumer prices in Italy are expected to remain unchanged in April of 2015 compared with a year earlier, following a 0.1 decrease in the previous month.
Thursday April 30 2015
Italian Unemployment Rate Jumps to 13%  
Jobless rate in Italy unexpectedly increased to 13 percent in March of 2015 from 12.7 percent in the previous month as the number of unemployed rose and employment fell.
Thursday April 16 2015
Italy Trade Surplus Widens in February  
Italy recorded a € 3.54 billion trade surplus in February of 2015, up 33.5 percent from last year’s € 2.65 billion surplus, as imports slowed due to low energy prices.
Tuesday April 14 2015
Italy Inflation Rate Confirmed at -0.1%  
The consumer prices in Italy fell 0.1 percent year-on-year in March of 2015, matching preliminary estimates and due to falling fuel prices.
Tuesday March 31 2015
Italy Inflation Rate at -0.1% in March  
Consumer prices in Italy are expected to fall by an annual 0.1 percent in March, the same rate as in February. It is the third straight month of deflation as lower petrol prices keep dragging transport and utilities cost down.
Tuesday March 31 2015
Italy Unemployment Rate Edges Up to 12.7%  
Italian jobless rate increased to 12.7 percent in February of 2015 from 12.6 percent in the previous month. It is the highest rate in two months and the first increase since November of 2014.
Wednesday March 18 2015
Italy Trade Surplus at 2-Year Low in January  
Italy recorded a €219 million trade surplus in the first month of 2015, down from a €251 million a year earlier as exports and imports declined.
Friday March 13 2015
Italy Posts Deflation for Second Straight Month  
The Italian consumer prices decreased 0.1 percent year-on-year in February, lower than a 0.2 percent drop initially estimated and following a 0.6 percent fall in January. Yet, core inflation increased at a faster 0.6 percent.
Thursday March 05 2015
Italian Economy Reports No Growth in Q4  
The Italian economy stagnated in the last three months of 2014, final figures showed, marking 5th consecutive quarter without any expansion.
Monday March 02 2015
Italy Unemployment Rate Falls to 12.6% in January  
The Italian jobless rate decreased to 12.6 percent in the first month of the year from a revised 12.7 percent in December. It is the second consecutive fall as the number of unemployed people declined slightly while employment edged up.
Friday February 27 2015
Italy Inflation Rate at -0.2% in February  
Consumer prices in Italy are expected to fall by an annual 0.2 percent in the second month of the year. In February of 2014, inflation was 0.47 percent
Friday February 20 2015
Italy Falls Deeper into Deflation  
Italian consumer prices fell 0.6 percent in January of 2015 compared with a year earlier, matching preliminary estimates, mostly due to lower cost of energy. It is the lowest rate on record.
Tuesday February 17 2015
Italian Trade Surplus Highest in 5-Months  
Italian trade surplus increased to €5.76 billion in December of 2014 from €3.61 billion a year earlier, as exports rose and imports declined.
Friday February 13 2015
Italian Economy Stagnates in Q4  
The Italian GDP recorded no growth in the last three months of 2014, following a 0.1 percent drop in the previous quarter. Although the preliminary estimate came better than market expectations, it marked the 14th consecutive quarter without any expansion.
Tuesday February 03 2015
Italy Inflation Rate Falls to Lowest on Record  
Consumer Prices in Italy are expected to fall by an annual 0.6 percent in January of 2015, slipping deeper into deflationary territory due to lower cost of energy and decreases in transport prices.
Friday January 30 2015
Italy Unemployment Rate at 4-Month Low  
Italian jobless rate decreased to 12.9 percent in December from 13.3 percent November. It is the lowest figure since August as employment increased for the first time in three months.
Tuesday January 20 2015
Italy Posts €3.5B Trade Surplus in November  
The Italian trade surplus widened slightly to €3.5 billion in November of 2014 from €3 billion a year earlier, due to lower energy imports and higher exports.
Friday January 16 2015
Italian Consumer Prices Unchanged in December  
Consumer prices in Italy held steady in December of 2014 compared with a year earlier, matching preliminary estimates, mainly due to decrease in fuel prices.
Wednesday January 07 2015
Italy Inflation Rate at 0.0% in December  
Consumer prices in Italy are expected to remain unchanged in December of 2014 compared with a year earlier, following a 0.2 increase in November and driven down by lower cost of fuel.
Wednesday January 07 2015
Italy Unemployment Rate at 13.4% in November  
Italian seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose for the third consecutive month to 13.4 in November of 2014 from a revised 13.3 percent in October, hitting a new record high.
Tuesday December 16 2014
Italy Trade Surplus Widens 40% in October  
Italian trade surplus widened to € 5.39 billion in October of 2014 from a € 3.85 billion a year earlier, as imports fell and exports surged.
Friday December 12 2014
Inflation Rate in Italy Rises to 0.2% in November  
Italian consumer prices rose 0.2 percent year-on-year in November of 2014, following a 0.1 percent increase in the previous month and matching preliminary estimates. Rise in prices of unprocessed food drove the inflation up while energy cost fell.
Monday December 01 2014
Italian Economy Contracts 0.1% in Q3  
The Italian GDP shrank 0.1 percent on quarter in the three months to September of 2014, matching preliminary estimates and dragged down by a fall in investment and government spending.
Friday November 28 2014
Italy Inflation Rate Rises Slightly in November  
Italian consumer prices are expected to grow for the second consecutive month by an annual 0.2 percent in November of 2014. Yet, on a monthly basis, prices fell 0.2 percent.
Friday November 28 2014
Italy Unemployment Rate Hits Record High  
Italian jobless rate increased to 13.2 percent in October of 2014 from a revised 12.9 percent in September. It is the highest rate on record.
Monday November 17 2014
Italy Trade Surplus Widens in September  
The Italian trade surplus increased to € 2.014 billion in September of 2014 from € 0.68 billion a year earlier. Exports posted the highest annual gain since January of 2013.
Friday November 14 2014
Italy Falls Back into Recession  
The Italian economy shrank 0.1 percent from June to September, hurt by lower domestic demand. It was the fourteenth consecutive quarter of no growth.
Thursday November 13 2014
Italy Inflation Rate Confirmed at 0.1% in October  
Italian annual inflation rate turned positive to 0.1 percent in October of 2014 from -0.2 percent in the previous month, matching flash estimates.
Friday October 31 2014
Italy Inflation Rate Accelerates in October  
Italian consumer prices are expected to increase by an annual 0.1 percent in October, following a 0.2 percent drop in September. The inflation rate accelerated for the first time in six months as gas and communication prices fell at a slower pace.
Friday October 31 2014
Italy Unemployment Rate Rises in September  
Italy’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate increased to 12.6 percent in September of 2014 from an upwardly revised 12.5 percent in August. Youth unemployment decreased 0.8 percent.
Thursday October 16 2014
Italy Trade Surplus Widens in August on Falling Imports  
The Italian trade surplus increased 91.4 percent year-on-year to €2.056 billion in August of 2014. While exports recorded the first annual drop in nine months, imports shrank the most in a year, due to lower energy purchases.
Tuesday October 14 2014
Italy Inflation Rate Falls More Than Expected  
Italian consumer prices fell 0.2 percent year-on-year in September of 2014, lower than a preliminary estimate of a 0.1 percent decrease. It is the lowest rate in fifty-five years and the second consecutive month of negative inflation.
Tuesday September 30 2014
Italy Inflation Rate at -0.1% in September  
Italian consumer prices are expected to fall by an annual 0.1 percent in September, the same rate recorded in August, dragged down by lower energy cost. On a monthly basis, the inflation rate is expected to fall 0.3 percent.
Tuesday September 30 2014
Italy Unemployment Falls to 12.3%  
Italian seasonally adjusted jobless rate decreased to 12.3 percent in August of 2014 from 12.6 percent in July. Youth unemployment hit a new record high.
Wednesday September 17 2014
Italy Posts Highest Trade Surplus on Record  
Italian trade surplus widened to € 6.85 billion in July of 2014 from € 5.98 billion a year earlier. It is the highest trade surplus ever, driven by sales to the United States and the Euro Area.
Friday September 12 2014
Italy Inflation Rate Confirmed at -0.1% in August  
Italian consumer prices fell 0.1 percent year-on-year in August of 2014, matching preliminary estimates. The country’s annual inflation rate touched the negative territory for the first time in nearly 55 years due to a drop in energy prices.
Friday August 29 2014
Italy GDP Contracts 0.2% in Q2  
The Italian economy shrank 0.2 percent on quarter in the April to June period, matching preliminary estimates. Final figures showed the economy contracted for the second consecutive quarter, hurt by a drop in investment.
Friday August 29 2014
Italy Falls into Deflation  
Italian annual inflation rate touched the negative territory for the first time in nearly 55 years. Consumer prices are expected to fall 0.1 percent in August of 2014 over a year earlier, following a 0.1 percent increase in July.
Friday August 29 2014
Italian Unemployment Rises to 12.6%  
In July, Italy's seasonally adjusted jobless rate was recorded at 12.6 percent, up from 12.3 percent in June. It is the highest level since March.
Tuesday August 12 2014
Italy Inflation Rate Confirmed at 1% in July  
Italian annual inflation rate slowed to 0.1 percent in July of 2014 from 0.3 percent in the previous month, confirming the preliminary estimates.
Wednesday August 06 2014
Italian Economy Slides Into Recession  
Italian GDP unexpectedly shrank 0.2 percent in the second quarter of 2014, following a 0.1 percent contraction in the previous three months, according to the preliminary estimate.
Thursday July 31 2014
Italy Inflation Rate Down to 5-Year Low  
The Italian annual consumer price index slowed to 0.1 percent in July of 2014 from 0.3 percent in the previous month, according to provisional estimates. The slowdown was mainly due to a decrease in the cost for regulated energy products.
Thursday July 31 2014
Italy Unemployment Rate Falls to 12.3% in June  
Italy seasonally adjusted jobless rate was recorded at 12.3 percent in June of 2014, down from 12.6 percent in May. It is the lowest rate since nearly a year earlier, as more people were employed.
Wednesday July 16 2014
Italy Trade Surplus Narrows Slightly in May  
The Italian trade surplus decreased to €3.67 billion in May of 2014, compared with a €3.89 billion a year earlier, boosted by higher imports.
Tuesday July 15 2014
Italy Inflation Slowdown Confirmed in June  
The Italian inflation rate decelerated to 0.3 percent in June from 0.5 percent in May, final estimates showed. The slowdown was mainly driven by a fall in cost of unprocessed food while lower prices of processed food, non-regulated energy products and services related to housing also had a downward effect.
Tuesday July 01 2014
Italian Unemployment Rate Rises in May  
Italian seasonally adjusted jobless rate increased to 12.6 percent in May of 2014 from a revised 12.5 percent in the previous month, and from 12.2 percent a year earlier.
Monday June 30 2014
Italy Inflation Rate Decelerates in June  
The Italian inflation eased to 0.3 percent year-on-year in June of 2014, according to provisional estimates, down from 0.5 percent in May, driven by a sharp fall in food prices.
Tuesday June 17 2014
Italy Trade Surplus Widens 75% in April  
Italian trade surplus increased to € 3.5 billion in April of 2014, from a € 2 billion surplus a year earlier, as imports fell and exports surged.
Friday June 13 2014
Italy Inflation Rate Confirmed at 0.5%  
The Italian annual consumer price index slowed to 0.5 percent in May of 2014 from 0.6 percent in the previous month, confirming the preliminary estimates. Prices of services related to transport slowed down and cost of unprocessed food decreased.
Tuesday June 10 2014
Italy GDP Contracts 0.1% in Q1  
The Italian economy shrank 0.1 percent quarter-on-quarter in the first three months of 2014, down from a 0.1 percent expansion in the previous period and confirming initial estimates. Final figures showed domestic demand remains weak, dragged down by a fall in investment.
Tuesday June 03 2014
Italy Unemployment Rate at 12.6%  
Italian seasonally adjusted jobless rate was recorded at 12.6 percent in April of 2014, stable from a downwardly revised 12.6 percent in March.
Friday May 30 2014
Italy Inflation Rate Slows Slightly  
Italian annual inflation rate is expected to slow to 0.5 percent in May of 2014 from 0.6 percent in April. While service cost grew at a slower pace and prices of unprocessed food declined, cost of non-regulated energy products rose for the first time in ten months.
Friday May 16 2014
Italy Trade Surplus Widens in March  
Italian trade surplus increased 25.7 percent to € 3.87 billion in March of 2014, from a € 3 billion surplus a year earlier, as a rise in exports offset a decline in imports. In February, the surplus was € 2.6 billion.
Thursday May 15 2014
Italian Economy Contracts in Q1  
Italian GDP unexpectedly declined 0.1 percent in the first quarter of 2014, following a meager 0.1 percent growth in the previous three months, hurt by a fall in industrial production.
Tuesday May 13 2014
Italy Inflation Rate Confirmed at 0.6% in April  
Italian annual consumer prices accelerated to 0.6 percent in April of 2014 from 0.4 percent in March, matching preliminary estimates. While prices of transport services accelerated, cost of non-regulated energy products fell at a slower pace.
Wednesday April 30 2014
Italy Inflation Rate Accelerates in April  
Italian consumer prices rose 0.2 percent compared with the previous month and 0.6 percent with respect to April of 2013, as energy cost fell at a slower pace and prices of services related to transport speed up.
Wednesday April 30 2014
Italian Unemployment Rate Unchanged in March  
In March, Italy's seasonally adjusted jobless rate was unchanged at 12.7 percent, slightly down from January's all-time high of 12.9 percent. Compared to the same month of the previous year the rate is up by 0.7 percentage points.
Wednesday April 16 2014
Italian Trade Surplus Widens in February  
The trade surplus increased to EUR 2.6 billion in February of 2014, from a revised EUR 0.36 billion in the previous month, as exports increased at a faster pace than imports. Compared with a year earlier, the trade surplus more than doubled from EUR 1.05 billion.
Monday April 14 2014
Italy Inflation Rate Confirmed at 0.4% in March  
Italian consumer prices slowed to 0.4 percent year-on-year in March of 2014, the lowest rate since October of 2009 and matching the initial estimates. On a monthly basis, the inflation rate accelerated to 0.1 percent, up from a 0.1 percent fall in February.
Tuesday April 01 2014
Italy Unemployment Rate Edges Up in February  
Italian seasonally adjusted jobless rate increased for the second consecutive month in February of 2014 to a new fresh high of 13.0 percent, up from 12.9 percent in the previous month, and 11.5 percent a year earlier. It is the highest level since records began.
Monday March 31 2014
Italy Inflation Rate Down to 4-1/2-Year Low  
In March of 2014, annual consumer prices are expected to slow to 0.4 percent, down from 0.5 percent in the previous month and reaching the lowest rate since October of 2009. The slowdown was mainly due to a fall in prices of energy products and unprocessed food.
Tuesday March 18 2014
Italy Posts Trade Surplus in January  
Italy’s trade balance turned into a € 365 million surplus in January of 2014 compared with a € 1810 million deficit in the same period last year, as imports fell and exports rose slightly. Compared with the previous month, the trade surplus narrowed 89 percent.
Thursday March 13 2014
Italy Inflation Confirmed at 0.5% in February  
Italian inflation rate rose at its lowest pace in four years of 0.5 percent in February of 2014, confirming the preliminary estimates. The slowdown was mainly due to volatile components, such as unprocessed food and energy.
Tuesday March 11 2014
Italian GDP Growth Confirmed in Q4  
Italian economy returned to growth in the last three months of 2013. Final estimates confirmed the GDP advanced 0.1 percent on a quarter-on-quarter basis, driven by exports and a marginal recovery in investments.
Friday February 28 2014
Italy’s Unemployment Rate Up to New Record High  
In January of 2014, Italian jobless rate rose to a new record high of 12.9 percent, up from 12.7 percent in the last month of 2013. The January rate is the highest since the data series began in 1977.
Friday February 28 2014
Italian Inflation Falls to 4-Year-Low of 0.5% in February  
In February, Italy's consumer price index rose by 0.5 percent with respect to February of 2013, its slowest pace since October of 2009. The slowdown was mainly driven by lower prices of energy and fresh food.
Friday February 21 2014
Italy’s Inflation Confirmed at 0.7% in January  
In January of 2014, the Italian consumer price index rose by 0.2 percent compared with the previous month and by 0.7 percent with respect to January of 2013, the same annual rate of December. Final data confirms the provisional estimates.
Tuesday February 18 2014
Italy 2013 Trade Surplus Widens to 17-Year High  
In 2013, Italian trade surplus increased to € 30.4 billion, the highest since 1996 and up from € 9.9 billion recorded a year earlier. Excluding energy, the surplus amounted to nearly € 85 billion.
Friday February 14 2014
Italian Economy Returns to Growth in Q4  
Italian GDP advanced 0.1 percent on a quarter-on-quarter basis in the last three months of 2013. It was the first expansion since mid-2011, the preliminary estimates showed.
Tuesday February 04 2014
Italy Inflation Rate Steady in January  
In January of 2014, Italian annual inflation rate remained steady at 0.7 percent for the third straight month, according to preliminary estimates. On a monthly basis, prices rose 0.2 percent, the same rate recorded in December.
Friday January 31 2014
Italy Unemployment Rate Remains High in December  
In December of 2013, Italian jobless rate was recorded at 12.7 percent, slightly down from a revised 12.8 percent rate for November, and near its highest in more than 40 years.
Thursday January 16 2014
Italian Trade Surplus Widens in November Over a Year Earlier  
In November of 2013, Italian trade surplus rose to € 3.09 billon, up from € 2.05 billion a year earlier, as imports shrank at a faster pace than exports. Compared with the previous month, the trade surplus narrowed 23.8 percent.
Tuesday January 14 2014
Italy Inflation Rate Confirmed at 0.7% in December  
Italian inflation rate was confirmed at 0.7 percent in December of 2013, unchanged from the provisional estimate and from November’s figure. While prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages accelerated, cost of restaurants and hotels slowed. Monthly inflation rate was unrevised at 0.2 percent.
Wednesday January 08 2014
Italy Unemployment Rate Hits New Record High in November  
In November of 2013, Italian jobless rate rose to 12.7 percent, the highest rate on record, after remaining stable at 12.5 percent in the previous two months.
Friday January 03 2014
Italy Inflation Rate Stable at 0.7% in December  
In December of 2013, Italian annual inflation rate was unchanged at 0.7 percent, preliminary estimates showed. From November to December, prices rose a preliminary 0.2 percent.
Monday December 16 2013
Italian Trade Surplus Widens in October  
In October, Italy's trade surplus widened to €4.1 billion from a revised €0.8 billion in September and €2.3 billion in October of 2012. The rise is mainly driven by trade with countries outside the European Union.
Thursday December 12 2013
Italian Inflation Rate Revised Up to 0.7% in November  
In November, Italy's consumer prices rose 0.7 percent, down from 0.8 percent in October and up from the provisional estimate of 0.6 percent. The slowdown was mainly due to falling communication costs.
Tuesday December 10 2013
Italian Economy Stagnates in Q3  
In the third quarter of 2013, Italy's GDP stagnated, ending eight straight quarters of contraction. Strong inventory accumulation led to an upward revision of the GDP, from a negative 0.1 percent growth for the three months ended in September.
Friday November 29 2013
Italian Inflation Rate Decreases Further to 0.6% in November  
In November, Italy's consumer prices rose 0.6 percent, down from 0.8 percent in October. It is the lowest annual change since October of 2009. The slowdown was mainly due to falling communications, transport and energy costs.
Friday November 29 2013
Italian Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 12.5% in October  
In October, Italy’s jobless rate remained unchanged from September' figure at 12.5 percent. Youth unemployment continued to increase and hit its highest level ever.
Friday November 15 2013
Italy’s Trade Surplus Widens in September  
In September, Italian trade surplus amounted to €794 million, up from €409.69 million a year earlier, but down from €1074 million in the previous month.
Thursday November 14 2013
Italian Economy Contracts 0.1% QoQ in Q3  
In the third quarter of 2013, Italy's seasonally and calendar adjusted GDP fell 0.1 percent with respect to the second quarter of 2013. It is the slowest contraction since Q1 of 2011, mainly due to a slight rebound in industrial output.
Tuesday November 12 2013
Italy’s Inflation Rate Decelerated to 0.8% in October  
In October, Italian consumer prices rose 0.8 percent on an annual basis, down from 0.9 percent in September, and slightly up from the provisional data (0.7 percent). The inflation rate slowed for the third consecutive month, mainly due to lower food, housing and transport prices and a large drop in cost of communication.
Thursday October 31 2013
Italy’s Inflation Rate Down to 0.7% in October  
In October, Italian consumer price index rose by 0.7 percent on annual basis, down from 0.9 percent in September, and 2.6 percent a year ago. The slowdown was mainly due to lower food prices and housing cost and a drop in prices of communication.
Thursday October 31 2013
Italy’s Unemployment Rate Up to 12.5% in September  
In September, Italian adjusted jobless rate rose to 12.5 percent from a revised 12.4 percent in August, hitting a new all time high.
Wednesday October 16 2013
Italy Posts Trade Surplus in August  
In August, Italy's trade balance registered a surplus of €958 million, up from a deficit of €483 million in the same month of 2012. Exports fell 4.4 percent, which was offset by a sharp drop in imports of 9.8 percent.
Friday October 11 2013
Italian Inflation Rate Down to 0.9% in September  
In September, Italy's consumer prices rose 0.9 percent, down from 1.2 percent in August and in line with the provisional estimate. The slowdown was mainly due to falling transport and communication costs.
Tuesday October 01 2013
Italian Unemployment Edges Up in August  
In August, Italy's adjusted unemployment rate rose to 12.2 percent from 12.1 percent in July, reaching its all-time high. Youth unemployment continued to rise and hit 40.1 percent, from 39.5 percent in the previous month.
Monday September 30 2013
Italian Inflation Rate Slows to 0.9% in September  
In September, Italy's annual inflation rate fell 0.3 percentage points to 0.9 percent. The slowdown was mainly due to lower increases in prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages and falling transport costs.
Monday September 16 2013
Italian Trade Surplus Widens Again in July  
In July, Italy's trade surplus widened to €5.95 billion from a surplus of €4.73 billion registered in the same month of 2012. Exports rose 3.0 percent and imports were slightly down by 0.3 percent.
Thursday September 12 2013
Italian Inflation Rate Revised Up to 1.2% in August  
In August, Italy's consumer prices rose 1.2 percent, the same as in June and revised up from a provisional estimate of 1.1 percent. Falling costs for food and energy were offset by rising services prices.
Tuesday September 10 2013
Italian GDP Growth Revised Down to -0.3% in Q2  
In the second quarter of 2013, Italy's seasonally and calendar adjusted gross domestic product contracted 0.3 percent with respect to the first quarter of 2013, down from a preliminary reading of -0.2 percent.
Friday August 30 2013
Italian Inflation Rate Edges Down to 1.1% in August  
In August, Italy's annual inflation rate fell 0.1 percentage points to 1.1 percent. The slowdown was mainly due to lower increases in prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages and falling communication costs.
Friday August 30 2013
Italian Unemployment Edges Down For Second Straight Month  
In July, Italy's adjusted unemployment rate fell to 12.0 percent, down from 12.1 percent in June and an all-time high of 12.2 percent in May. Youth unemployment continued to rise and hit 39.5 percent, from 39.1 percent in the previous month.
Friday August 09 2013
Italian Inflation Rate Revised up to 1.2% in July  
In July, Italy's consumer prices rose 1.2 percent, the same as in June and revised up from a provisional estimate of 1.1 percent. An increase of food and energy prices was offset by a slowdown in the services price index.
Friday August 09 2013
Italy Trade Surplus Widens in June  
In June, Italy's trade surplus widened to €3.62 billion from a surplus of €2.78 billion registered in the same month of 2012. This was due to weaker domestic demand as imports fell at a faster pace than exports.
Tuesday August 06 2013
Italian Economy May be Bottoming Out  
Recent data updates for Italy show that the recession is easing. Although in the second quarter of 2013, the GDP shrank 0.2 percent, it was the lowest drop in more than two years. While consumer confidence have been increasing in spite of high unemployment rate and austerity measures, the rise in Manufacturing Confidence Index points to an improvement in business conditions in the months ahead.
Tuesday August 06 2013
Italian GDP Falls Less Than Expected in Q2  
In the second quarter of 2013, Italian GDP shrank 0.2 percent quarter-on-quarter following a 0.6 percent contraction in the first quarter, indicating that the country's economy may have reached the trough.
Wednesday July 31 2013
Italian Inflation Rate Down to 1.1% in July  
In July, Italy's annual inflation rate fell 0.1 percentage points to 1.1 percent. The slowdown was mainly due to falling service prices which were only partially offset by rising energy and food prices.
Wednesday July 31 2013
Italian Unemployment Rate Edges Down to 12.1% in June  
In June, Italy's adjusted unemployment rate fell to 12.1 percent, after the all-time high of 12.2 percent registered in the previous month. Youth unemployment continued to rise and hit 39.1 percent, from 38.3 percent in the previous month.
Tuesday July 16 2013
Italian Trade Surplus Widens in May  
In May, Italy's trade surplus with the rest of the world reached €3.90 billion compared with a surplus of €867 million in the same month of 2012, mostly due to plunging imports. Purchases fell 10.3 percent in May compared to the same month in 2012, while exports were down 1.5 percent.
Friday July 12 2013
Italian Inflation At 1.2% in June  
In June, Italy's consumer price index for the whole nation increased 1.2 percent with respect to the same month a year earlier, 0.1 higher than in May. The slight speed up of the Italian inflation was mainly due to the upward impact of transport, up 1.0 percent from 0.1 percent observed in May.
Monday July 01 2013
Italian Unemployment Rate Up to 12.2% in May  
Italy's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 12.2 percent from 12.0 percent the previous month, hitting a new high. Italy's youth jobless rate eased to 38.5 percent in May from a downward revised 39.9 percent in April.
Friday June 28 2013
Italian Inflation Rate Edges Up to 1.2% in June  
In June, Italian consumer price index increased 1.2 percent with respect to June of 2012, 0.1 percentage points higher than the rate registered in May of 2013. The slight speed up of inflation was mainly due to the impact of transport prices which were up 1.0 percent yoy.
Monday June 17 2013
Italy Posts Trade Surplus as Exports Rise in April  
In April, Italy posted a trade surplus of € 1.91 billion, compared with a deficit of € 250 million in April of 2012, as exports recovered and imports shrank. Total exports rose 4.4 percent yoy and imports declined 2.6 percent.
Wednesday June 12 2013
Italian Inflation Revised Down to 1.1% in May  
In May 2013, the Italian consumer price index for the whole nation held steady compared with the previous month and increased by 1.1 percent with respect to May 2012 (the provisional estimate was 1.2 percent), the same annual rate of change of April 2013.
Monday June 10 2013
Italy GDP Growth Revised Down To -0.6% QoQ in Q1  
Italy's economy shrank by more than expected in the first quarter of 2013, extending the country's recession to seven straight quarters and making it the longest on record. The GDP fell 0.6 percent over the previous quarter, down from last month’s preliminary reading of a 0.5 percent drop.
Wednesday July 31 2013
Italian Economy is Likely to Remain Fragile in the Months Ahead  
In the first quarter of 2013, Italy's GDP contracted 0.6 percent qoq, putting the country in the longest recession in more than 20 years. While private consumption has been hampered by rising unemployment and austerity measures, tight credit conditions and political instability add to feeble business sentiment.
Friday May 31 2013
Italian Inflation Rate Edges Up to 1.2% in April  
In May 2013, according to provisional estimates, the Italian consumer price index for the whole nation increased by 0.1 percent compared with the previous month and by 1.2 percent with respect to May 2012 (0.1 higher than in April 2013).
Friday May 31 2013
Italian Unemployment Rate Up to New High of 12% in April  
Istat estimates that 22.6 million persons were employed in April 2013 (provisional data). Employment rate was 56.0 percent, unemployment rate 12.0 percent and inactivity rate 36.2 percent.
Thursday May 16 2013
Italy's Trade Surplus Widens in March  
Italy posted a trade surplus of € 3.237 billion in March, compared with a surplus of € 1.792 billion in the same month of 2012. With European Union countries, Italy registered a March trade surplus of € 607 million, compared to a surplus of € 1.3 billion in March 2012.
Wednesday May 29 2013
Italian Economy Struggles to Recover  
In the first three months of 2013, Italian GDP contracted for a 7th straight quarter and the country is now facing its longest recession in 20 years. The current economic weakness reflects the deterioration of households' purchasing power which is likely to worsen in the short-term. Indeed, tight fiscal consolidation policy and rising unemployment continue to undermine consumer and business confidence.
Wednesday May 15 2013
Italian Economy Extends Recession in Q1  
Italy's economy shrank by more than expected in the first quarter, extending the country's recession to seven straight quarters and making it the longest on record. Gross domestic product fell 0.5 percent following a 0.9 contraction in the fourth quarter of last year, and contracted 2.3 percent on an annual basis.
Tuesday May 14 2013
Italy Inflation Rate Revised Down to 1.1% in April  
In April 2013, the Italian consumer price index for the whole nation held steady compared with the previous month and increased by 1.1 percent with respect to April 2012 (0.5 lower than in March 2013) (provisional estimate was 1.2 percent).
Friday May 10 2013
Italy | Economic Overview | 2013 Q1  
Recent updates for the Italian economy are showing that recovery may be still out of reach. In the fourth quarter of 2012, GDP contracted 2.8 percent year-on-year and 0.9 percent quarter-on-quarter. More importantly, the possibility of further austerity measures continues to harm consumer confidence which was reported near its record low in April of 2013. To make things worse, the unemployment rate is near the all-time high of 11.7 percent. The business sector outlook is not brighter. In March, industrial production decreased 5.3 percent and is now 25 percent lower than at its peak five years ago. The business confidence indicator, mainly stable, is still very low. On top of that, the February election resulted in a parliamentary stalemate and is bound to drive up borrowing costs as investors’ confidence is harmed by political instability.
Tuesday April 30 2013
Italy Inflation Rate Down to 1.2% in April  
In April 2013, the Italian consumer price index for the whole nation increased by 0.1 percent compared with the previous month and by 1.2 percent with respect to April 2012 (0.4pp lower than in March 2013).
Tuesday April 30 2013
Italy Unemployment Rate Stable at 11.5% in March  
Istat estimates that 22.7 million persons were employed in March 2013 (provisional data). Employment rate was 56.3 percent, unemployment rate 11.5 percent and inactivity rate 36.3 percent.
Tuesday April 16 2013
Italy Posts Trade Surplus in February  
Italy posted a trade surplus with the rest of the world of €1.086 billion in February, from a deficit of €1.195 billion a year earlier due to a drop in imports. With European Union countries, Italy registered a February trade surplus of €380 million, compared with a surplus of €295 million in February 2012.
Friday April 12 2013
Italy Inflation Rate Down to 1.6% in March  
In March 2013, the Italian consumer price index for the whole nation increased by 1.7 percent with respect to March 2012 (0.3 p.p. lower than in February 2013) and by 0.2 percent compared with the previous month.
Tuesday April 02 2013
Italy Unemployment Rate Falls to 11.6% in February  
According to Istat, 22.7 million persons were employed in February of 2013. Employment rate was 56.4 percent, unemployment rate 11.6 percent and inactivity rate 36.1 percent.
Monday April 01 2013
Italy Inflation Rate Down to 1.7% in March  
In March 2013, the Italian consumer price index for the whole nation increased by 1.7 percent with respect to March 2012 (0.2 lower than in February 2013) and by 0.3 percent compared with the previous month.
Monday March 18 2013
Italy Trade Deficit Narrows Year-on-Year in January  
Italy posted a trade deficit with the rest of the world of 1.619 billion euros in January, from a deficit of 4.574 billion euros in the same month of 2012 due to rising exports and falling imports, according to a release from the national statistics office.
Tuesday March 12 2013
Italy Inflation Rate Down to 1.9 Percent in February  
In February 2013, Italian consumer price index for the whole nation increased by 0.1 percent compared with the previous month and by 1.9 percent with respect to February 2012 (0.3 lower than in January 2013). Final data confirm provisional estimates.
Friday March 01 2013
Italy Inflation Rate Down to 1.9 Percent in February  
In February 2013, the Italian consumer price index for the whole nation increased by 0.1 percent compared with the previous month and by 1.9 percent with respect to February 2012 (0.3 points lower than in January 2013).
Friday March 01 2013
Italy Unemployment Rate Rises to All-Time High of 11.7 Percent in January  
According to the national statistics institute, 22.7 million persons were employed in January 2013 (provisional data). Employment rate was 56.3 percent, unemployment rate 11.7 percent and inactivity rate 36.2 percent.
Friday February 15 2013
Italy Trade Surplus Widens in December From a Year Earlier  
Italy posted a trade surplus with the rest of the world of 2.162 billion euros in December, compared with a surplus of 1.407 billion euros in the same month of 2011. With European Union countries, Italy registered a December trade deficit of 1.155 billion euros, compared with a deficit of 762 million euros in December 2011, according to the national statistics office.
Thursday February 14 2013
Italy Gross Domestic Product Contracts 0.9 Percent in Q4  
In the fourth quarter of 2012 the seasonally and calendar adjusted, chained volume measure of Gross Domestic Product decreased by 0.9 percent with respect to the third quarter of 2012 and by 2.8 percent in comparison with the fourth quarter of 2011.
Tuesday February 05 2013
Italy Inflation Rate Down to 2.2 Percent in January  
In January 2013, the Italian consumer price index for the whole nation increased by 0.2 percent compared with the previous month and by 2.2 percent with respect to January 2012 (0.1 lower than in December 2012) according to a release from the National Statistics Institute.
Friday February 01 2013
Italy Unemployment Rate at 11.2 Percent in December  
The number of unemployed amounted to 2 million 875 thousand, a slight increase (+4 thousand) compared to November. On an annual basis, unemployment increased by 19.7 percent (+474 thousand), the increase affects equally men and women.
Wednesday January 16 2013
Italy Unemployment Rate Stable at 11.1% in November  
The number of unemployed amounted to 2.87 million, a slight decrease (-2 thousand) compared to October. The decrease in unemployment affects primarily the female component. On an annual basis, unemployment increased by 21.4% (+507 thousand units).
Wednesday January 16 2013
Italy Posts Trade Surplus in November  
In November 2012, Italy posted a trade surplus equivalent to €2.36 billion from €2.42 billion in October of 2012 and a €1.58 billion deficit in November of 2011.
Tuesday January 15 2013
Italia Inflation Rate Down to 2.3 in December  
In December 2012, the national index of consumer prices increased by 0.2% compared to the previous month and by 2.3% in relation to December 2011 (provisional estimate was 2.4%), with a delay of two-tenths of a percentage point in November 2012 (+2.5%).
Monday December 17 2012
Italy Trade Surplus Widens in October  
In October 2012, Italy posted a trade surplus equivalent to €2.45 billion from €0.41 billion in September 2012 and a €1.11 billion deficit in October of 2011.
Thursday December 13 2012
Italy Reports Trade Surplus in September  
Italy reported a trade surplus in September due to a sharp decline in imports, according to a release from the National Statistics Institute.
Thursday December 13 2012
Italy Unemployment Rate Up to 11.1% in October  
In October of 2012, unemployment rate was recorded at 11.1% and inactivity rate at 36.0% according to a report by the National Institute of Statistics. The number of employed persons was reported at 22.9 million.
Thursday December 13 2012
Italy Gross Domestic Product Contracts 0.2% in Q3  
Seasonally and calendar adjusted, Gross Domestic Product decreased by 0.2 per cent with respect to the second quarter of 2012 and by 2.4 per cent in comparison with the third quarter of 2011 according to a release by the National Institute of Statistics.
Thursday December 13 2012
Inflation Rate Down to 2.5% in Italy  
In November 2012, the national index of consumer prices including tobacco, recorded a decrease of 0.2% compared with last month and an increase of 2.5% compared with November 2011 (2.6% in October).
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