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Italy's Econony Minister sees third-quarter GDP rebound not far off 15%: paper

FILE PHOTO: Italian Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri pictured at a ceremony in Rome, Italy September 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ciro de Luca/File Photo

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy’s economy will rebound strongly in the third quarter and should grow at a rate not far from 15%, Treasury Minister Roberto Gualtieri said on Sunday in a newspaper interview.

Gualtieri told daily La Repubblica the fall in gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter, estimated by the national statistics authority ISTAT at 12.4%, was a bit less than the government had expected.

“The rebound in the third quarter will probably be slightly lower than 15% but we believe not far from that number,” he said, adding however that much would depend on how the coronavirus pandemic and the world economy developed.

Gualtieri also said the government planned to cut income tax (IRPEF) next year.

Reporting by Stephen Jewkes; Editing by Gareth Jones