Crisi economica

Italy’s uncertain economic recovery in 4 charts

Italy’s Economic Outlook: Lights and Shadows

The May flash report from the Confindustria Research Center sheds light on the current economic situation in Italy.
The country’s recovery shows both positive and negative aspects, indicating a somewhat uneven path towards GDP growth and overall economic improvement, amidst uncertainties stemming from a challenging European and global economic landscape.

Sector Disparities and Challenges

While the services sector leads the recovery, the industrial sector lags behind, mirroring the situation across Europe.
Through 4 graphs provided by Confindustria, it becomes evident why Italy’s full recovery hasn’t materialized yet.

Highlights of the Report

The May report by Confindustria summarizes the national economic situation: “Italian economy growing at different speeds: record tourism, positive services and net exports, struggling industry.” With a 0.3% GDP increase in the first quarter of 2024, Italy shows a mixed performance.
Notably, industrial production decreased by 1.3% in the first three months, whereas tourism, services, and exports displayed positive outcomes.

Foreign tourism expenditure surged by 20% in January-February compared to 2023, a record-breaking year.
The services sector closed the quarter with a 2.3% growth.
Employment expanded, as highlighted in the second graph, but concerns arise from a rise in wage compensation fund hours, indicating a slowdown in labor utilization.

Encouraging signs are visible in credit and interest rates for businesses.
Despite the slight loan reduction, the credit environment remains insufficient to boost consumption and investments, even with the upcoming ECB interest rate cut in June, as depicted in the third graph.

Although crude oil prices have not soared due to Middle East tensions, they remain high, impacting fuel costs.
Gas prices in Europe have more than doubled since 2019, steadily rising, underlining the sector’s challenges as illustrated in the final graph.

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