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Spain’s Amancio Ortega now world’s richest man, says Forbes

Author:   |  October 29th, 2015

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The Zara tycoon is worth more than €70 billion, according to Forbes.

A couple of decades ago the boom in home PCs propelled Microsoft founder Bill Gates to the top of the world’s rich-list. From relative obscurity to one of the world’s most recognisable geeks, Gates eventually learned to revel in his role as world’s richest man, setting up the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and giving a huge amount back to the society that made him.

Now it would seem that similarly publicity-shy clothing tycoon Amancio Ortega – who has long been Spain’s richest man – may have to call on Gates for some lessons in PR as it was revealed by Forbes that the Spaniard has become the richest individual on the planet…

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Spain dissolves parliament as date set for General Election

Author:   |  October 28th, 2015

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Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has set the date for the General Election as December 20.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has formally dissolved parliament this week as the country buckles down for the forthcoming General Election, now officially called for December 20.

In signing the decree to dissolve parliament as is tradition, Rajoy took the opportunity to remind voters that, despite the tough years of the Popular Party’s (PP) time in office, Spain’s economy has been transformed from one of Europe’s bleakest to one of its brightest

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Costa del Sol remains best-value holiday destination

Author:   |  October 27th, 2015

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Heading to Spain will increase your chances of enjoying a summer fling, the survey found.

Holiday essentials are more affordable on the Costa del Sol than other leading resort destinations.

Families seeking an affordable holiday should head to the Costa del Sol after resorts in the region were once again named as the most affordable among the world’s more popular destinations.

A study by Post Office Travel Money revealed that the region works out cheaper than 11 other popular resorts for tourist essentials…

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Meet Marc Elliott: "Being able to communicate well with lenders and clients is essential to this business."

Author:   |  October 26th, 2015

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Marc Elliott of Fluent Finance Abroad and his partner Kelly

Marc Elliott of Fluent Finance Abroad and his partner Kelly

Marc Elliott is the British expat and brains behind Fluent Finance Abroad, the mortgage specialists based in San Pedro de Alcántara, Marbella. Providing clients with the most appropriate form of finance to purchase their dream home abroad, Marc – being half Spanish – has taken to life on the Costa del Sol like the proverbial duck to water. When he’s not hard at work sorting out people’s mortgages, Marc can be found relaxing on the beaches of Conil in Cádiz or occasionally belting out some top tunes in a karaoke bar…

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Where is the love? Study shows where Brits are most welcome

Author:   |  October 23rd, 2015

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Ampilot’s map of Europe shows that the further east one goes, the less friendly towards Brits the continent becomes.

Brits abroad get a bad rap. Despite the millions of euros they pour into many of the continent’s most popular (read, most popular with Brits) destinations, in a lot of places they are at best tolerated, at worst openly despised.

So runs the rhetoric, anyway

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Spaniards not app-rehensive about mobile purchases

Author:   |  October 22nd, 2015

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Checking your mobile banking on the go.

One-in-three online purchases in Spain are made via mobiles.

Spaniards are among the most tech comfortable people in the world, with one-in-three electronic purchases made in the country coming via mobile technology, a new study by The App Date – an app review service – has found…

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12 Spanish airports now offer free WiFi

Author:   |  October 21st, 2015

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Wait, WiFi, fly: Spanish airports will soon boast free WiFi for all passengers.

The strange, expensive and sometimes downright boring world of airports has just gotten a little more pleasant today following the news that Spanish state operator AENA is to provide free WiFi across 12 of its airports – including Málaga – from this week…

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Five reasons why Brits are Spain’s biggest property investors

Author:   |  October 20th, 2015

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A Brit’s love for Spain runs deep and is not always easily explained… until now.

Amid the good news stories currently swirling around Spain’s property sector – and, more widely, its economy – one trend has been notably recurrent in recent months: the prevalence of British buyers.

Data published by Spain’s land registry has revealed that Brits have accounted for one in five property sales to foreign buyers in 2015. An unsurprising statistic, perhaps – but its very mundane nature is worthy of further investigation…

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Property in prime Spanish regions delivering returns, reports FT

Author:   |  October 19th, 2015

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Property in Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, Málaga and most parts of the Costa del Sol is beginning to deliver returns to investors.

Homes in many of Spain’s more popular areas have begun to generate good returns for investors who gambled on Spanish property during the lean years, reports UK newspaper the Financial Times.

Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia and parts of the Costa del Sol are those Spanish regions where recovery has been most pronounced. Pent-up demand for affordable housing is now slowly being met as mortgage lenders have begun to loosen their belts and grease the wheels of the market…

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Netflix to land in Spain on October 20

Author:   |  October 16th, 2015

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Put your feet up for winter: Netflix is imminent in Spain.

The wait is almost over. Just before the clocks go back, the weather dips slightly and the wind picks up, online streaming service Netflix will launch in Spain to the delight of millions of TV and movie fans across the country…

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