December 19, 2018 / 1:56 PM / a month ago

Italy public debt/GDP ratio will rise slightly in 2018 - economy minister

FILE PHOTO: Italian Economy Minister Giovanni Tria holds a news conference after a Euro zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Vidal/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s debt as a ratio to gross domestic product will rise slightly this year, rather than fall as previously forecast, and then dip slightly in 2019, Economy Minister Giovanni Tria said on Wednesday.

“(In 2019) it will drop, just a little, but it will drop, after a small growth in 2018,” Tria told Reuters.

Italy’s debt was previously forecast to fall to 130.9 percent of GDP this year from 131.2 percent in 2017.

Reporting by Giselda Vagnoni; Writing by Giulia Segreti; Editing by Crispian Balmer

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