Italy's immigrant businesses rise after two-year fall

(AGI) Rome, Sept 15 - Italy's small-business total increased bymore than 16,000 during the second quarter, 44 percent of whichowned by immigrants, joint chambers of commerce figures showedon Monday. In the two years leading up to April, the balancebetween immigrant business start-ups and closures had witnesseda slight decline. By the end of June, however, the figure wasup by more than 7,000, with immigrant businesses accounting foralmost 10 percent of the overall small business stock in Italy.. .

(AGI) Rome, Sept 15 - Italy's small-business total increased bymore than 16,000 during the second quarter, 44 percent of whichowned by immigrants, joint chambers of commerce figures showedon Monday. In the two years leading up to April, the balancebetween immigrant business start-ups and closures had witnesseda slight decline. By the end of June, however, the figure wasup by more than 7,000, with immigrant businesses accounting foralmost 10 percent of the overall small business stock in Italy.. .