Italy Economy Real Time Data Charts

Edward Hugh is only able to update this blog from time to time, but he does run a lively Twitter account with plenty of Italy related comment. He also maintains a collection of constantly updated Italy economy charts together with short text updates on a Storify dedicated page Italy - Lost in Stagnation?

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Italy Consumer Confidence August 2007

ISAE have today published their August 2007 reading for the Italian consumer confidence index (pdf). Bloomberg summarises:

Italian consumer confidence dropped to a 16-month low of 106.5, a separate report showed today. Household spending makes up for two-thirds of the $1.8 trillion economy and is the motor for growth in Italy, the laggard among the top four economies in Europe.

If we look at a graph of the time series we will see that this index peaked back in December, and has been steadily working its way down since, which isn't really surprising when you come to look at the general macro data for the Italian economy so far this year.

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