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 We view positively the urgent structural reform agenda of new Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. However, we remain sceptical that he will be able to avoid the chronic instability, political...

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Italy Industry Coverage (14)

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 some 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 (...

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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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We expect Italy's defence budget to reach US$27.2bn for 2014. By 2017, we expect the defence budget to have increased modestly to US$27.6bn, before it finishes the forecast period in 2018 at a level...

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Food & Drink

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BMI View: Following nine straight quarters of contraction, we forecast real GDP growth in Italy to reach 0.4% and 0.7% in 2014 and 2015 respectively. With one of the highest household savings...

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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 but per capita expenditure is low by Western European standards. The public sector, which accounts for...

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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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Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

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BMI View: The downward pressure on generic drug prices in Italy, potential implementation of drug tenders raising the level of competition and the ultimate commoditisation of off-patent medicines...

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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 : Our forecasts for Italy's wireline, broadband and mobile services markets have been extended through to 2018 in this quarter's update of the Italy Telecommunications report. Although...

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Water

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BMI View: Although the Italian water sector is hampered by partial privatisation, public dissatisfaction and a hamstrung regulatory scenario, water companies will still be able to make much...

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