By Xavier Fontdegloria 

Retail sales in Italy increased in June after falling marginally in May as coronavirus-related restrictions continued to ease and the vaccination campaign advanced.

The retail-trade index rose 0.7% on month in June following a 0.1% fall in May, according to data from the country's statistics agency Istat released Wednesday.

June's increase is the highest since February and is broadly in line with the 0.6% rise expected by economists polled by FactSet.

Italian retail sales increased 7.7% in June compared with the same month a year earlier, the data showed.

Italy's economy, the third largest in the eurozone, expanded by 2.7% in the second quarter on the back of a gradual easing of pandemic restrictions.


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August 04, 2021 05:03 ET (09:03 GMT)

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