The country’s manufacturing sector is contracting as recession deepens, the outlet has said
Factories in Italy have started to lay off employees as the manufacturing sector in the country continues to contract, Bloomberg reported on Friday.
Data based on the Composite Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) compiled by S&P Global showed that the EU’s third-largest economy slid to 45.4 in August, well below the mark of 50, indicating a contraction.
Italian industry and manufacturing, in particular, have been struggling in the past several months due to a lack of new orders as global demand weakened.
“The manufacturing recession, which started mid-last year, continues to stretch out,” Tariq Kamal Chaudhry, an economist at Hamburg Commercial Bank, said. “Once more, overall orders felt the squeeze, mostly due to overseas demand.”
Industrial weakness continues to weigh on the Italian economy, dragging it into contraction. The latest estimates showed that the country’s economy shrank by 0.4% instead of the earlier predicted 0.3% in the three months through June.