Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
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Italian families living on rainy-day funds, study suggests

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(ANSA) - Venice, August 8 - Italian families appear to be
living more and more on their savings, suggests a study released
Wednesday by a group of craftsmen and small-business owners in
the northeastern city of Mestre.
The value of savings plunged by 26.4% between 2008 and
2011, while income levels remained stable, said the CGIA.
This means that with less and less money to spend,
struggling Italian families will not be able to afford the works
of small traders and artisans, the study says.
The group blames the recession and rising unemployment in
Italy.
Its study notes that between 2008 and 2011, family spending
increased by 4%, reaching 962.6 billion euros while at the same
time savings dropped by 93.5 billion euros.
Disposable income remained essentially stable, rising by
just 0.3%.
Over the same period, inflation grew by 5.2%.
Between 2001 and 2011, however, spending grew by 30.4%,
savings fell by 16.5%, income grew 24.2% and inflation increased
24%.
The data does not show which households have been hardest
hit, notes Giuseppe Bortolussi, secretary of the CGIA.
"However, those who suffer the effects of the crisis most
are large families with minors, single-income families, and
those who have unfortunately suffered the loss of employment,"
he said.

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