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Italy: Family income equals 10 years ago

last update: August 08, 17:00

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Rome, 8 Aug. (AKI) - Italian family income has fallen to the level of a decade ago, while people's ability to save in the euro-zone's third richest country's dropped more than 26 percent in the three years through 2011 as expenses rose amid a crippling economic crisis, according to a new report.

In 2011 Italians, big savers compared with other European countries, were able to sock away 93.5 billion euros with spending costs rising 4 percent to almost 963 billion euros, according to the Cgia of Mestre, the Italian General Confederation of Craftmanship.

"The majority of victims from the crisis are families who have young children, those with one sole source of income and those who unfortunately have at least one unemployed member", Giuseppe Bortolussi said.

Italy is mired in a recession that has lasted for three consecutive quarters and is expected to continue into next year. Businesses cutting payrolls or closing all together resulting in rising unemployment, while government measures like tax hikes have also cut into household spending.

(CPA/AKI)


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