Italian Economy Shrinks But Less than Expected

The Italian economy contracted for the eighth consecutive quarter in the second quarter of 2013 but shrank less than analysts expected, offering hope that the country is slowly emerging from recession.

Gross domestic product fell 0.2 percent from the first quarter and dropped 2.0 percent on an annual basis, statistics agency ISTAT said. Analysts had expected a month-on-month contraction of 0.4 percent and an annual contraction of 2.2 percent.

Activity contracted in all of the main sectors of the economy, ISTAT said.

“There are some tentative signs of recovery in Spain and in Italy but we are very far from growth, we’re far from a recovery,” Albert Gallo, head of European macro credit research at RBS said following the news. “What’s necessary here are still very targeted reforms at labor market and in the case of Italy a reform of the electoral law,” he said.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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