This edition provides historic sets of figures up-dated to 30th June 2008. The longest sets are those in Section I, where Table II goes back to 1938, Table X goes right back to 1861 and Tables XV and XVI cover the period since 1967. Section I covers 265 companies listed on the Italian stock exchange (Mercato Telematico Azionario) and 36 on the Mercato Expandi. Section II covers fixed-income securities listed on the Italian stock exchange. Section III gives some comparative data on eleven major EU stock exchanges and twelve other major world stock exchanges.