Italian retailers say spending nosedive has stopped
But Confcommercio warns recovery is 'distant'05 September, 12:03
But the association also warned that a recovery in spending levels was still "distant".
Confcommercio said its consumer-spending index was flat in July with respect to June.
It also stressed, however, that the level of expenditure in July was 2% down on the same month in 2012. It added that spending was down 3.7% in the first seven months of the year.