(ANSA) - Rome, March 6 - Consumer spending in recession-hit
Italy fell 2.4% in January with respect to the same month in
2012 and 0.9% compared to December, taking it below the level of
late 2004, retailers association Confcommercio said in a report
"The continuation of the crisis, which has already changed
households' habits, including in terms of the quality-price
ratio of their spending, has led to a general reduction in
demand," the report said.
The association said it fears the spending levels could get
"The first year-on-year data we have for the start of 2013
shows with a certain degree of clarity that a further
deterioration cannot be ruled out, confirming the impression
that 2013 will also be a particularly difficult year for the
Italian economy," the report said.