La Caixa Research | Although the trend of permanent contracts over the last year makes Spain’s labour situation look more promising, it is vital to continue working to ensure new jobs are created on a solid basis.
The Corner | July 23, 2015 | The Spanish economy grew by 0.9% q/q in Q1 15. Q2 data suggest that activity accelerated to 1.1% q/q, taking full-year 2015 growth to 3.3%, on Barclays estimates. “We think that the risks to the Spanish growth outlook are balanced, especially as the likelihood of Grexit has dropped,” the bank analysts commented on their July economic bulletin.
The Corner | July 23, 2015 | Spain unemployment fell by 295,600 people, or 5.4 % in Q2 from Q1. It is the second major Q2 drop since at least 2008, according to the Active Population Survey.
BRUSSELS | June 26, 2015 | By Jacobo de Regoyos | Along with other EU state members, Spain called for a eurozone-level budget for emergency rescues, and issue debt in the form of eurobonds. Álvaro Nadal, Director of the Economic Affairs Office of the Spanish Prime Minister explained it for The Corner. This is the first part of the interview.
MADRID | June 10, 2015 | By Fernando G. Urbaneja | Spanish unions and employers’ organisations signed a two-year-agreement this week to raise salaries, the first hike in three years. Both parties had been debating for months while the government, distant yet vigilant, recommended a raise combining purchasing power with productivity.
The Corner | June 8, 2015 | Spanish growth, well above the euro area average, has surprised the IMF on the upside (GDP growth is seen at 3.1% in 2015 and 2.5% in 2016). And reforms have boosted confidence, business investment and consumption. The main headwind for Mariano Rajoy’s government is now a hampering unemployment rate of almost 23.8%, the Washington-based institution says.
MADRID | May 7, 2015 | By Luis Arroyo | Credit lending to the private sector (households and companies) continued to fall in March, according to the Bank of Spain. So as a matter of fact there is more lending activity in the country, yet the money is going to the public sector.
The Corner | May 4, 2015 | For the past 17 months, operating in the Spanish manufacturing sector has been easier (more output and new orders were registered), thanks to an increasing client demand, according to the last PMI data released by Markit, although the firm’s indicator posted 54.2 in April, down fractionally from the reading of 54.3 in March.
MADRID | April 28, 2015 | By Carlos Díaz Güell | The Spanish economy is certainly turning the corner as evidenced by its growth rate, possibly exceeding 3% this year, and employment data, although both indicators are cooled down by analysts who believe growth in the medium and long term may be hampered by too many mortgages.
The Corner | April 18, 2015 | The IMF raised growth expectations for all the major economies in the Eurozone – especially Spain to 2.5% in 2015 and 2% in 2016- and for Japan. The new figures, the sixth improved forecast in a row– are more aligned with Madrid expectations (2%, although the Minister of Economy even forecasts a 3% growth). Low oil prices, the euro depreciation and the ECB’s monthly liquidity shots are the three aces of the Spanish government, who is hoping to retain the power in the next general election despite the popularity of new parties.