Fernando Barciela | “While Spain today is smaller than other European countries in terms of luxury market, it is growing faster. For example we are very well placed with a hospitality and luxury gastronomy infrastructure, which has the potential to be the platform to lead in experiential luxury. Spain is fifth in the world in luxury gastronomy. We have 187 restaurants with Michelin stars”, says María Eugenia Giron, director of the IE MasterCard Premium & Prestige Observatory.
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Probably the fact they came from Euskadi and were based there is what saved the former Basque cajas (savings banks) from the worst vices which destroyed hundreds of lenders throughout Spain, according to Xabier Sagredo, executive chairman of BBK.
In Spain, companies should “express their future needs in the medium and long-term and transmit them to the education system. At the same time, the education sector has to contribute and help young people to get a job tomorrow. If this is not perfectly in sync, like a watch, it doesn’t work,” explains Francisco Belil, a Gas Natural board member and deputy chairman in Spain of the Bertelsmann Foundation.
When Carlos Slim agreed to take a stake in FCC in 2014, which was at that time controlled by Esther Koplowtiz, and in a lot of difficulties – sales on the decline, losses, debt…- a lot of people breathed easy thinking the Mexican businessman was going to put the builder back on the straight and narrow. But he is finding it difficult to relaunch the company.
At the moment, the biggest losers in the Ibex 35 index after Sunday’s referendum vote in Catalonia are the banks, particularly the Catalan lenders. Both Sabadell and CaixaBank have acknowledged that if independence were to happen, they would move their headquarters to another autonomous region in Spain. In this way they would keep their access to the ECB’s liquidity and their clients would remain under the protection of the national and European Deposit Guarantee Fund. But perhaps it’s too soon to ring the alarm bells: while the Ibex dropped, other European bourses rose. This shows that Catalonia is still far from becoming a systemic risk for the EU.
All the figures and statistics related to education in our country paint a picture which is not just bad, but catastrophic…For example, the number of young Spaniards who don’t even have a high-school education, 35%, is double the OECD average.
Nobody has been able to explain, in any credible and understandable way, the reasons for Inditex’s sharp stock market decline, precisely in a year when it’s beating records in terms of sales and profits.
Ever since December last year, when it reached its low point, almost at parity with the dollar, the euro has not stopped rising. And the European economy is doing much better than that of the US.
After a brief look through the main international newspapers and publications, if there is one thing that’s clear it’s that the dominant view is there will be no referendum in Catalonia. And if it does take place, it will have zero effect. In other words, it won’t bring the region independence.
Almost 10 years after the big property bubble burst, Spain is once again showing how emotional it can get it with bricks and mortar in all its forms. And emotional is the word, because the ‘revival’ of the real estate sector – something which nobody was betting on three or four years ago – is so spectacular that not a day passes when there is not some sort of euphoric news emerging about it. Of course figures are figures and these are more than amazing. If we focus on the Socimis, the protagonists of the property market in this current phase, the truth is the numbers are really impressive.