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Italy: Impact of crisis on medical technology sector negligible

The global economic crisis has had virtually no impact on the Italian market for medical technology according to Germany Trade and Invest (gtai, Berlin / Germany; www.gtai.de). Sector sales contracted by just 3.6% in real terms in 2008. Volume growth dropped to 1.8% in 2009 but gtai is predicting "a strong uptrend” from 2010 to 2012.

Assobiomedica (www.assobiomedica.it), the Italian industry association, estimates that the Italian market for medical technology and diagnostics (excluding dental technology and ophthalmological equipment) stood at around EUR 6.4 bn in 2008.

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