Fresh statistical data from Rome have revealed that Italy has not yet been able to turn the corner on recession. Gross domestic product contracted further, but industrial output provided a sign of hope.
The Italian economy contracted by another 0.2 percent in the second quarter of 2013, the national data agency, Istat, reported on Tuesday. That's less than analysts had expected, adding to hopes that the eurozone's third-largest economy might soon gain momentum despite a renewed fall in gross domestic product.
The latest shrinkage followed a 0.6-percent GDP decrease in the first the months of the year, the agency said. In a year-on-year comparison, the economy shrank by 2.1 percent in June.
Labor Minister Enrico Giovanni insisted there were signs of a pickup later in the year to end the longest period of recession in the country since World War Two.