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RPT-Amazon set to increase bet on Italy's digital turnaround plan - sources

(Repeats story that earlier on Friday, with no changes)

Online retailer is set to announce on Friday the first in a series of investments in Italy worth at least 500 million euros ($550 million), a bet on the government's plan to go from laggard to leader in digital commerce, sources said.

Amazon will invest 150 million euros to build a major storage and logistics centre outside Rome, its second in Italy, said one source close to the matter. The new centre, due to open next year, will employ 1,200 people.

"There are wide margins of growth for small and medium businesses in Italy, which are still very much behind their European counterparts on e-commerce," the...