Italy

In-depth country-focused analysis on Italy's economic, political and operational risk environment, complemented by detailed sector insight

Our comprehensive assessment of Italy's operating environment and the outlook for its leading sectors are formed by bringing together a wealth of data on global markets that affect Italy, as well as the latest industry developments that could impact Italy's industries. This unique integrated approach has given us an impeccable track-record for predicting important shifts in the markets, ensuring you’re aware of the latest market opportunities and risks in Italy before your competitors.

Italy Country Risk

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Core Views Italy will return to modest growth in 2014 and 2015, although a weak labour market and ongoing contraction in credit growth will continue to impede a more robust recovery. We view...

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Italy Industry Coverage (16)

Agribusiness

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BMI View: Our outlook for the Italian agribusiness sector has turned more bearish, as dry conditions in Europe, high operating costs and bleak economic prospects have taken a toll on the grains,...

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Autos

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Vehicle sales in Italy declined 7.6% in 2013 to 1.4mn units on the back of a weak macro environment. This came from a 7.0% drop in passenger car sales and 13.3% fall in the commercial vehicle (CV)...

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Commercial Banking

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Commercial Banking Sector Indicators Date Total assets Client loans Bond portfolio Other Liabilities and capital Capital Client deposits Other...

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Defence & Security

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Italy is currently in the process of performing a wide-ranging review of its defence requirements. This review is being conducted as a result of the current government's desire to reduce Italian...

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Food & Drink

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BMI View: Following nine straight quarters of contraction, Q414 saw the Italian economy expand by 0.1%, and we forecast real GDP growth in Italy to reach 0.4% and 0.7% in 2014 and 2015...

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Freight Transport

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Freight Sector Recovery As Recession Bottoms OutAlthough the recession in Italy shows clear signs of having bottomed out, the recovery remains fragile and at risk from a renewed bout of political...

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Medical Devices

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Espicom Industry View: The Italian medical device market ranks fourth in Western Europe (WE) but per capita expenditure is low by WE standards. The public sector, which accounts for around...

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Metals

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BMI View: The outlook for Italy's metals sector is far from encouraging , as a combination of cheap Chinese imports, low domestic demand and few project expansions mean that growth in...

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Oil & Gas

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Although Italy is thought to retain moderate untapped hydrocarbons potential, bureaucratic and regulatory challenges are set to hamper previously outlined goals to reduce the country's hefty import...

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Petrochemicals

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BMI View: The Italian petrochemicals sector is facing a multitude of problems that will ensure little growth over coming years . It will face increased competition in core markets as it feels...

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Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

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BMI View:   The drop in public pharmaceutical expenditure in Italy in 2013 to a level below that of spending a decade ago does not bode well for prescription drugmakers, patients and pharmacies...

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Power

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BMI View:   Italy is trying hard to appeal to international investors, with the government reorganising its holdings in gas and power grid networks, and signing investment fund agreements with...

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Renewables

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BMI View: We are forecasting non-hydropower renewable generation in Italy to grow by 4.0% in 2014, which is significantly lower than the five-year historical average. We attribute this slowdown...

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Telecommunications

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BMI View : Although we have secured new fixed-line and broadband market data from the regulator - which show acceleration in fixed-line losses, amongst other things - new data was not...

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Tourism

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Italy has one of the most mature and extensive tourism sectors in Western Europe owing to its historical attractions, balmy climate and numerous cultural and retail attractions. Moreover, its central...

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Water

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BMI View:   The Italian water sector remains highly fragmented and somewhat imbalanced with incoherent water management systems and inconsistent water charges. This leads to numerous...

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