First-semester exports jump 7% in Italy's south says ISTAT

Only Sicily and Sardinia down, by 2.9%

(ANSA) - Rome, September 11 - Italian exports increased by 7% in Italy's south in the first semester of 2015 on previous semester results, but decreased by 2.9% in the islands of Sardinia and Sicily, said ISTAT on Friday.
    First semester (January-June) exports also increased 6% in Italy's northeast, 4.7% in the northwest, and 4.3% in central Italy.
    Second quarter results in seasonally adjusted terms showed increases in exports on first quarter 2015 results of 5.7% in the south and islands, 5% in central Italy, and 2.1% for the northwest, with a 1.5% decrease in the northeast.
    Meanwhile, in regional terms of contribution to the total export increment in the first semester, increases were seen by Lazio (14.4%), Piedmont (9.6%), Friuli-Venezia Giulia (7.6%), and Veneto (7.3%).
    Decreases in regional terms of contribution to total exports were reported in Sicily (-8.2%), Molise (-3.3%), and Marche (-2.8%).


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