In Spain

Tourism

Tourism sector increases contribution to Spain’s GDP to record high of 12.8% and emerges as main engine of growth

Banca March: In the absence of data from the INE (National Statistics Institute), Exceltur has published its outlook for tourism: compared to an average contribution to GDP of 11.9% between 2015-2019 and after registering highs of 12.8% in 2023, in 2024 the employers’ association expects these levels to be exceeded, reaching values of 13.4%. It is also estimated that tourism was the main contributor to the growth of the Spanish…


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ECB reportedly asks some European banks to detail credit exposure to Grifols: Santander, BBVA and Caixabank in Spain

Alphavalue /Divacons| According to Reuters, citing sources familiar with the matter, the ECB has reportedly asked some European banks to detail their credit exposure to the Catalan blood products company. Grifols had a net financial debt of €9.5 billion, according to data published in September, with a maturity of €1.8 billion in 2024. According to LSEG data, banks with credit exposure to Grifols in our coverage include BNP Paribas, Santander,…


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Spanish public debt rises to €1.58 trillion, €68,751 million more per year

The Bank of Spain (BdE) reported yesterday that the debt of Spanish public administrations as a whole increased by 0.2% in November compared to October, to €1.58 trillion. In year-on-year terms, debt increased by 4.6% in November, equivalent to €68.751 billion. In November, central government debt amounted to €1.41 trillion, an increase in the month of 0.35%. In addition, the debt of the autonomous communities grew by 0.26% to €324,456…


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Felipe González: “An amnesty made by those who have themselves been amnestied is a bit strange, isn’t it? It is a self-amnesty, not an amnesty. I don’t think it’s acceptable”

“I have not left the party’s positions. They call me a dinosaur and they are right, but that allows me to say that, when I speak of the future, I do not speak of my own”… “Amnesty is intolerable, I say that as a member of an organisation that built the Constitution”… “If my party changes, I am not obliged to change. I think the same as the PSOE leadership…


Employment November

Out-of-work seasonal “fixed discontinuous” workers – not listed as unemployed – up 20% to almost 750,000

Registered unemployment fell by 27,375 in December to a total of 2.7 million, the lowest figure since 2007. But the question on many people’s minds is: what would have happened if this figure had not excluded the out-of-work seasonal “fixed discontinuous” workers who register with a public employment service? They are not classified as unemployed, but as job seekers with an employment relationship, a category that in the last month…


The minimum wage of 1,000 euros a month is now in the Spanish political agenda

Government makes good on threat to employers who refused a 4% increase in minimum wage, agrees 5% rise with unions

The minimum wage (SMI) will rise by 5% in 2024. The Government has finally agreed on the increase only with the majority trade unions, CCOO and UGT, after employers rejected the Ministry of Labour’s proposal for a 4% increase. In the last five years, the minimum wage had already risen by 47%, from €735 per month in 14 payments in 2018, to €1,080 in 2023. It now rises by an…


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Acerinox to invest €67m in high-performance alloys division, VDM Metals, and generate 15% more revenue

Renta 4 | The company has informed the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV) of investments in its high performance alloys division (VDM), as well as the presentation of its new excellence plan. Investments in VDM: Acerinox has announced an investment of €67 million, including an atomiser for the production of stainless steel powders and high-performance alloys for additive manufacturing. At the same time, three remelting furnaces will be extended, and…


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Final CPI in Spain confirms 3.1% in December 2023 and core CPI 3.8%; gap between the two decreases +0.7 pp from previous +1.3

Bankinter : Final CPI December 2023 confirms +3.1% year-on-year (from +3.2% year-on-year previous and expected). Underlying CPI also confirms +3.8% year-on-year (from 4.5% year-on-year before). In month-on-month terms, 0.0% month-on-month (from -0.3% month-on-month in November) and in the Underlying +0.2% month-on-month (from +0.1% month-on-month in November). Assessment: No surprises, preliminary data are confirmed. This is fully in line with our estimates in Strategy 2024 (year-end +3.1% year-on-year and annual average…


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Spain is doing well, is it?

J.P. Marín Arrese| Such is the slogan PM Pedro Sánchez trumpets time and again when confronted with any topic concerning the Spanish economy. Former VP Nadia Calviño used to provide a more reasoned approach than this self-complacent appraisal. Growth, while modest, ranks higher than other European countries, fuelling reasonable employment rates even in a sluggish environment. Prices, little by little, are coming under control. Excessive public deficit and indebtedness are…


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National Court overturns fine imposed by CNMC on Santander, BBVA, Caixabank and Sabadell for price-fixing

Renta 4 : The National Court overturns the fine imposed by the CNMC (National Markets and Competition Commission) on Santander, BBVA, Caixabank and Sabadell for price-fixing. In 2018, the CNMC imposed a fine of €91 million on Santander, BBVA, Caixabank and Sabadell for violating market practices by agreeing on swap prices. At the time, the banks assumed payment of the fine and made the corresponding provisions for litigation. The distribution…