In the first half of the year, the MIB Life Index is up 2.8 percent year-to-date (YTD), compared to the same six months last year.

The Index has posted positive numbers in eight of the last nine months. However, quarterly numbers show easing growth—up 1.3 percent Q2 2012/2011 and up 4.2 percent Q1 2012/2011. June's numbers were up 2.2 percent from those of May and 2.1 percent from those of June 2011.

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