The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism published yesterday that Spain’s trade deficit stood at €3,955.8 million in January, 39.4% lower than in the same month of 2022 (€6,522.8 million). In the month analysed, the energy deficit reached €2,849.1 million, also significantly lower than the €3,358.6 million generated in January 2022, while the non-energy deficit stood at €1,106.6 million compared to €3,164.2 million in the same month of the previous…
Luis Alcaide | Little has emerged from the face-to-face meeting between Xi Jinping and Pedro Sánchez during the G7 meeting in Bali. Only the Spanish Prime Minister’s request to his Chinese counterpart to exercise his best offices with Vladimir Putin to stop his invasion and destruction of Ukraine. Nothing has come to light about the bilateral relations between Spain and China, despite the fact that China is the leading international…
Fashion is fundamental to the Spanish economy, by contributing more than 2.6% to GDP in the primary sector. This is only slightly less than the 3.6% from banking and insurance or the 5.8% from construction, according to a joint report from Modaes.es, the Centre for Information on Textiles and Clothing (Cityc) and Accenture. However, the pandemic has sparked big declines in terms of activity, employment, exports and retail sales in the first months of 2020.
The coronavirus crisis could cost Spain 3.9% of GDP, in a mild scenario. But if the current containment and crisis measures are extended for three months, GDP could fall by up to 6 percentage points. And if they continue until summer, by almost 10. This is one of the conclusions of the report presented yesterday by Nuno Fernandes, Professor of Finance at IESE Business School.
Círculo de Empresarios | The Bank of Spain forecasts that the Spanish economy will embark on a gradual path of deceleration until 2022, and therefore maintains its 2% and 1.7% annual growth forecasts for 2019 and 2020, respectively. GDP growth rests on the back of positive evolution of domestic demand owing to the healthy wealth situation of households and companies, and a monetary policy that is accommodative. In contrast, the external sector loses dynamism as growth in exports is less than imports in an environment rife with global uncertainty.
CaixaBank Research | The car sector’s contribution to the economy goes beyond its own production volume. In fact, it generates a significant spillover effect. Estimates say that 1 € rise in the production of cars generates a rise in the total production of the European economy of 2.4 €.
Despite the rhythm of Spain´s export of goods and services over the last five years – which have increased more tan ten percentage points over GDP, rising from only 22.7% in 2012 to 34.1% last year – Spain still finds itself 12 points below the EU average of 46%.
Enrique Fanjul (Real Instituto Elcano) | There has been a lot written lately about the role of the foreign sector as the driver of the Spanish economy’s recovery. There have also been some very interesting academic papers published, which provide us with more details of the new configuration of Spanish exports. The exports map is changing, with non-tourism services an increasingly more important segment.
New generations favouring autonomy and independence are calling for a second transition: democratic or economic? Or a mix of both?
Spanish companies without any subsidies or bailouts have turned themselves around and transformed the former autarchy into a country decidely open to the overseas market.