By  on May 15, 2013

MILAN — Italian trade fair organizers were pleased with the first half of the year, despite the gloom and doom surrounding the country’s tepid economy and political chaos, based on strong foreign turnout and the success of new Web and service-oriented initiatives.

“The national economy hasn’t improved yet, partly because of the political and institutional standstill that we hope will be resolved soon with the new government,” said Silvio Albini, president of the Milano Unica textile trade show, which takes place twice a year in both Italy and China. “But this is offset by the rest of the world’s strong interest in medium-high to high-end Italian manufacturing.”

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