Francisco Vidal (Intermoney) | In yoy terms, Spain did not grow at the initially targeted 3% and 2.7% during the first two quarters, but it did at 2.8% and the 2.5%, respectively. Therefore, the growth figures begin to signal a certain moderation and show the maturity of the economic cycle.
J.L.M. Campuzano (Spanish Banking Association) | The ratio of company debt in Q2 was 94.9% of GDP, and that of families 60.8%. In the case of company debt, the rate falls to 76.3% if inter-company loans are excluded. In both cases, the levels are already close to the European average.
The Spanish Ministry of Finance rules out a new specific tax hypothecated to finance pensions. In fact, the majority of developed countries has reformed their pensions systems basing them on various pillars (public/private; obligatory/voluntary) especially the nordic countries. Only Italy, Portugal, Greece and Spain maintain a pensions system based solely on obligatory social security contributions.
Fernando G. Urbaneja | The objective of a minimum wage of 1,000 euros a month (full time, 14,000 euros a month) has entered the political and social agenda at the initiative of Podemos, with lukewarm support from their socialist partners.
In relation to the fiscal deficit, the IMF has suggested to the Government of Pedro Sánchez that it calculates “realistically”the incomes it expects to collect from tax increases, to avoid a sharp increase in the deficit. The organisation has also lowered its forecast for GDP growth in Spain in 2018 from 2.8% to 2.7%. For 2019 the IMF expects GDP to grow by 2.2%, in line with its previous forecast.
Spanish companies pay more taxes than the EU28 average despite the reduction in their number during the crisis and that only 45.3% of the total registered profits in 2015.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez this Wednesday will attend a meeting organised by the American Chamber of Commerce in Spain (AmChamSpain) during the General Assembly of the UN, together with over 20 leaders of major multinationals, US banks and major investment funds. At the moment, Sánchez has already had the opportunity to greet US President Trump.
One of the key supports for Spain’s economic growth during the recovery has been the strength of international tourism. CaixaBank Research predicts 3.4% growth in tourism-related GDP in 2018, outperforming Spain ’s economy as a whole (2.8% growth). This excellent performance has helped to create jobs: in the four years between Q1 2014 and Q1 2018, 396,000 new jobs were created related to tourism.
The ratio which estimates the Spanish non-financial firms average cost of financial debt reduced between 2008 and 2016 (the last year for which data is available) by more than 50%, so that the average value want from 5.9% at the beginning of this period to 2.7% in 2016, according to the last data from the Bank of Spain.
J.P. Marín-Arrese | “At least, no single Yemeni would face death singled out by these ingenious devices shipped from Spain to Saudi Arabia.” Such a startling statement did not come from the arms industry, but the Spanish government spokeswoman.