Housing prices in Italian cities increase in July of this year and, in the face of an annual national average inflation of + 4.1%, enormous territorial disparities emerge, between the city with the highest rise in prices, which is Siena. (+ 18.1%) and Viterbo in sharp decline with -10.4%, differences between the top and the rear of the ranking are measured in 28.5 percentage points. “These disproportionate differences depend not only on the different way of reacting to the crisis and containing losses, remaining competitive or raising the price lists, but above all on how much the recovery in tourism was greater than a year ago and if the gap has been filled with the pre-crisis values ”. This is what Massimiliano Dona, president of the National Consumers Union, affirms, an association that conducted a study, exclusively for Adnkronos, drawing up the complete ranking of the cities with the greatest increases or decreases in terms of accommodation and catering services. , processing Istat inflation data for July. “These are beautiful and good speculations. We took advantage of the Italians’ newfound desire for holidays to raise prices, which literally took off compared to an already holiday month like June. – Dona complains – In particular, looking at national data, they are holiday villages, campsites and youth hostels to have more abused the desire for relaxation and entertainment of Italians, with a monthly increase in prices of 15.4%, against a + 6% of pensions and a more controlled + 1% of hotels and motels, which in any case mark an increase of 4% compared to July 2020 “continues Dona. “Some localities, for example, – continues Dona – have been most affected by the reduction in foreign tourists. The figure of Venice, the tourist city par excellence, is striking and still shows a decrease in prices compared to last summer, -0.5%. Naples and Milan are also in deflation, respectively -0.2% and -0.1%. Florence, on the other hand, is at the top of the ranking, in 13th position with + 8%, as well as Rome, in 26th with + 5.6% “. “As many as 5 cities are instead in deflation, so they lowered their prices from June to July 2021, clearly to respond to the lower demand recorded in June compared to what they expected. A clear sign of the crisis. It is not for nothing that Venice wins this ranking. “concludes Dona.” For consumers, having lower prices is always positive, – adds the president of Unc – because it preserves their purchasing power and makes it easier to reach the end of the month “. “The causes of deflation, however, not to be confused with the effects, can be negative, as in this case, because they depend on the lower tourist demand and the Covid emergency, aggravating the problem of the country’s economic recovery” concludes Dona.
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