The grocer in the village has stopped selling bread unless you have an order. He explained the bakers have stopped taking back unsold bread and reduced the kinds of bread and other bakery products on offer. It's a classic. You can now order un pane once more, like all those years ago, and get what you're given. It'll be un chilo di ciccia next and a lump of unidentified meat will be wrapped and handed.
The Italian statistical office has just issued its latest household consumption data [in English, should you care to look at the miserable collapse into ever-lower living standards and widespread poverty in all its detail, ed.] Italian household consumption has fallen by the most since records began.
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