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Italy’s retail sales growth eased in August, data from the statistical office Istat showed on Thursday.

The retail sales value increased 1.9 percent month-on-month in August, after a 6.7 percent rise in July. In June, sales gained 7.9 percent.

On a yearly basis, retail sales value rose a 0.4 percent in August, after a 0.3 percent drop in the previous month.

Food sales gained 0.1 percent monthly in August and non-food product sales grew 0.7 percent.

In volume terms, retail sales rose 0.4 percent on month in August, after a 0.6 percent decline in July. The annual growth eased to 1.0 percent from 8.9 percent a month ago.


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