Confesercenti: in the first quarter of 2024, an average of four stores per hour closed


By John

More deliveries, fewer shops: in the first three months of 2024 almost ten thousand retail businesses disappeared for an average of over four fewer shops every hour. These are the estimates from Confesercenti which underlines how the collapse of shops corresponds to an increase in online purchases: according to calculations they will rise by +13% during 2024, generating over 734 million shipments to customers, on average almost 84 thousand deliveries of parcels all over the world. 'Now.

As purchases migrate to international eCommerce platforms, which often pay taxes in other countries, tax revenue also migrates. According to the association's estimates, the Italian tax authorities have lost over 5.2 billion euros in taxes from 2014 to today.

In detail, in the first three months of 2024 the retail sector recorded the disappearance of 9,828 businesses, approximately one thousand more units than the same period last year.

Above all, the slowdown in openings weighs heavily: in the first quarter of this year there were 7,415, ten years ago they were more than double. The desertification of commercial activities affects the entire national territory, even if the regions with a more developed commercial fabric record the worst balances. Suffering the most significant loss of businesses are Campania (-1,225 in the quarter), Lombardy (-1,154) and Lazio (-1,063).