Italy retail sales flat in November
First 11 months of 2013 2.1% down on same period in 201224 January, 11:50
Retail sales are an important indicator of the performance of the Italian economy, which is seeking to return to positive growth after two years of recession - the country's longest downturn since World War II.
Istat said retail sales ended a run of two consecutive month-on-month drops in November, thanks largely to an increase in food sales, which were up 0.2% on October and 1.5% on the same month in 2012. The agency said that retail sales were 2.1% down in the first 11 months of last year with respect to the same period in 2012.