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450,000 Businesses Shut Down in Italy; Constitutional Crisis in Spain

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Here are a couple of interesting economic links from Italy courtesy of reader Andrea. The translations from Italian are a bit choppy, but the gist of the articles is easily understandable.

Non-Performing Loans Jump 15.3%, Write-Downs 21.6%

From Thompson Financial News: Non-Performing Loans Jump 15.3%

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