"The small shops and craft shops – stresses the coordinator of the Paolo Zabeo Research Department – struggle to leave the crisis behind. These companies live almost exclusively on household consumption and although in recent years there has been a slight recovery in the benefits of this trend reversal is not felt ".
Since "pre-crisis year 2007, the value of retail sales in neighborhood stores has fallen by 14.5%, while in the large-scale retail sector it has risen by 6.4%. This trend has continued even in the first 9 months of 2019: while in supermarkets, discount stores and department stores sales increased by 1.2%, in the shops and stores below the house the contraction was 0.5%, "explains Zabeo.
At the regional level, the greatest contractions occurred in Umbria (-443 euros per month), in Veneto (-378 euros) and in Sardinia (-324 euros). In contrast, the results in Liguria (+333 euros per month), in the Valle d'Aosta (+188 euros) and in Basilicata (+133 euros). The difficult situation continued also in the last year, especially in the North: in Lombardy, in Trentino Alto Adige, in Emilia Romagna, in Piedmont, in Veneto and in Friuli Venezia Giulia, the average monthly household spending in 2018 was lower than that for 2017.
Between September 2009 and the same month of this year the active artisan businesses / shops decreased by 178,500 units (-12.1%), while the stock of small shops fell by almost 29,500 units (-3.8%) . Overall, therefore, we have lost more than nearly 200,000 neighborhood stores in 10 years.