Italian retail sales suffered biggest drop on record in 2013
Dropped 2.1% with respect to 201225 February, 11:06
The agency said retail sales were 2.1% down last year with respect to 2012, the largest fall since it started using its current calculation method in 1990.
Food sales were down 1.1% last year, Istat said.
Italy emerged from its longest postwar recession in the second half of 2013, but economists are warning that the recovery is weak.