Why do many shops close during the summer months in Italy, and how does the local economy handle this phenomenon?

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In Italy almost all shops close or significantly decrease their operating hours during the last two weeks of August. This is because almost everyone in the country is on vacation. This is also the time when the most tourists flock to Italy to see its many sights. Tourism related businesses stay open. In September everyone comes back and the economy returns to normal.

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Yo Kass
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How do you think the shop keepers can afford to shut for that long though? It's something that always intrigued me - I can't think of a business model that would support that kind of inactivity!

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