Italy has lost 77,000 shops since 2012 - Confcommercio

Cities have become deserts says retail group

(ANSA) - ROME, FEB 22 - Italy has lost over 77,000 shops since 2012 and city centres have become "deserts", retail group Confcommercio said Monday.
    The fall has been 14%, it said.
    Almost 14,000 street and travelling businesses have also been lost, a drop of 14.8%, Confcommercio said.
    Retail businesses as a whole have fallen 17.1%, it said, while accommodations and hospitality firms have dropped by 24.9%.
    The association said it foresaw a further "collapse" in tourism for this year, due to the COVID emergency. (ANSA).


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