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?

Friday, February 13, 2009

Italy's Recession Deepens

Italian fourth-quarter gross domestic product declined at the fastest quarterly rate in nearly 30 years, sending Europe's fourth-largest economy off into an even deeper recession. According to ISTAT preliminary estimates, Italian GDP fell 1.8% between Q3 and Q4 in seasonally adjusted and weighted daily average terms. If confirmed, the quarterly decline would be the sharpest recorded since 1980.GDP fell in the previous quarter by 0.6%. Year on year, overall output in the Italian economy dropped by 2.6% in Q4, down from both the 1.7% contraction expected and Q3's annualized fall of 1.1%.

Across 2008 as a whole, the Italian economy fell 0.9%, ISTAT said, the most pronounced decline recorded since 1993.The Italian economy officially fell into recession in the third quarter of 2008. And one more interesting detail, Italian GDP is now back at the same level it was in Q4 2005, and falling. This is pretty worrying, and even more so given there are quite a lot more people in Italy then there were in 2005.


Hans Suter said...

Ed, your spanish might allow you to follow what "Antonio Catricalà,
presidente dell’Autorità garante della concorrenza e del mercato", had to say about competition in the banking sector in a hearing by "Commissione Finanze e tesoro del Senato". Be sure to listen also to the closing remarks. You will be rewarded with deep insight!

Edward Hugh said...

Hi Hans,

Hope you are well. Do you mean this bit?

Distinguendo tra imprese che ancora mostrano utili in aumento e quelle che rilevano una contrazione nella profittabilita', le analisi di settore rilevano che solo una parte esigua delle prime ha difficolta' ad accedere al credito e invece aono le seconde ad avere un saldo sempre piu' in basso (addirittura il -25%)''.

Hans Suter said...

Hi Ed, I'm very sorry for not having copied the link!

Here it is: