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IMF explores ways to increase profitability of Italy’s banking sector

Bank of Italy

Italian banks report lower profits and higher costs than their European peers. The paper, Bank consolidation, efficiency, and profitability in Italy, released by the International Monetary Fund, makes the case for consolidation. 

The return on equity of Italian banks is among the lowest in the European Union, writes author Anke Weber. This is mainly due to the country’s low GDP growth since the early 1990s, while interest rates in the eurozone have remained at record lows since the global

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