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    Italian exports down 26% in 2020


    The Covid-19 pandemic put the Italian eyewear industry back seven years, as 2020 production and exports’ values dropped back to 2013 levels, according to data presented yesterday by Giovanni Vitaloni , president of ANFAO , the Italian industry association, and the MIDO trade show. Commenting on ...

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    ​Italy to reopen trade shows as soon as June 15


    On April 21, the Italian cabinet approved to reopen trade shows from June 15 and conventions and congresses from July 1, after having been suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The reopening of trade fairs could occur sooner than previously announced. Initially, the Industry Minister Giancarlo Giorgetti had indicated ...

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    Vision Group interested in Essilux and GV Italian stores


    Vision Group , one of the leading Italian retail players, said that it was interested in studying the takeover of the 174 Italian stores to be divested if EssilorLuxottica and GrandVision eventually agree on the planned takeover. The divestment, which is a prerequisite for the European Commission to ...

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    Italy approves a €50 voucher for the purchase of eyeglasses, contact lenses


    The Italian parliament approved on Dec. 30 the 2021 budget that includes a €50 voucher for the purchase of prescription eyewear and contact lenses for low-income people. The decree implementing the voucher still has to be issued by the health ministry, in coordination with the finance ministry. The voucher ...

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    Italy considering a €50 voucher to buy eyeglasses, contact lenses


    The Italian government is expected to examine a proposal put forward by the non-profit organization Commissione Difesa Vista (CDV) to distribute by the end of the year to Italian taxpayers a €50 voucher to buy eyeglasses or contact lenses. CDV promotes vision and eye health and was founded ...

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    Italy’s eyewear exports rise by 7.4%


    Italy s eyewear exports rose by 7.4 percent in value during the first half of 2019, with sales of prescription frames up by 10.3 percent and sunglasses up by 5.7 percent. They benefited in particular from the weakness of the euro against the dollar and new commercial initiatives by some ...