More than 12% of Italian workers don't make living wage
Study says only Greece, Romania in worst position in EU21 January, 14:32
Those findings are consistent with a report earlier this month issued by the national statistical agency Istat that said in the first nine months of 2013, the purchasing power of Italian households fell by 1.5% compared with the same period in 2012.
Overall, economic indicators suggest that 2013 will be remembered "as the worst year" in recent economic history, with spending on such necessities as medications falling by 2.5% in the first 10 months of the year and food spending falling by 1.3%, consumer group Codacons said earlier in January.
Italy has been enduring its worst recession since the Second World War and is only now emerging, according to estimates.