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ROME

Italian builders' group says construction sector withering

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Rome, February 6 - The president of Italian
builders' association ANCE warned of a withering construction
sector in a meeting on Wednesday with centre-right leader Silvio
Berlusconi.
Paolo Buzzetti complained that 550,000 jobs in the
construction and related sectors had been lost since Italy's
current economic crisis began in 2007.
Buzzetti said there is ''a true boom in construction
business failures, by now close to a record figure of 10,000,
and destined to increase further''.
Buzzetti also warned the ex-premier that ''there is no
growth without construction''.
Italians' traditional refuge for their capital -
home-ownership - is under threat, Buzzetti continued.
''It is increasingly difficult for Italians to buy a home.
Mortgages for families were halved in 2012, and (residential
property) sales fell by 23.9%, or 140,000 transactions,''
Buzzetti declared.
From 2007 to today, investment in new housing has fallen
54.2%, and the volume of transactions has fallen 48%, ANCE
reported.
''Business liquidity is at a historic low. Loans fell 12%
in 2012, confirming an extremely negative downward trend
continuing since 2007,'' said Buzzetti.
''The (State) public administration continues to not pay
(its debts to the sector). Debts toward construction companies
are estimated to be around 19 billion euros. The companies can't
wait anymore and are they closing in hundreds,'' Buzzetti added.
The meeting between ANCE and Berlusconi is the first of a
series of pre-electoral meetings between ANCE and Italian
political leaders to promote pro-construction sector measures.

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