MILAN May 14 Foreign holdings of Italian bonds
edged up to 652.1 billion euros ($894 billion) in February from
648.2 billion euros the month before, Bank of Italy data showed
The percentage of the total held by non-Italians fell
slightly, however, because the overall value of bonds in issue
rose in February, Reuters calculations based on the data showed.
Non-Italians held a 36.8 percent share compared with 37
percent in January.
The data are at nominal value and include Italian bonds
purchased by the European Central Bank as part of its
bond-buying programme. The ECB's share is estimated at around 5
percent of the total.
The overall debt of the Italian public administration stood
at 2,12 billion euros in March, the Bank of Italy said in the
($1 = 0.7296 Euros)
(Reporting by Francesca Landini; Editing by Gareth Jones)