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Marbella luxury goods market second-largest in Spain

Author:   |  January 14th, 2016

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Marbella – whose luxury hubs include Puerto Banús and the Golden Mile – accounted for €1.56 billion of the luxury goods spend.

According to a study carried out by the Luxury Spain Association, Marbella is in second place when it comes to revenue generated by the luxury goods market, having been outranked only by Barcelona, and finishing way ahead of Spanish capital Madrid, which came third…

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King’s sister becomes first Spanish Royal to stand trial

Author:   |  January 13th, 2016

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Princess Cristina married Iñaki Undangarin in 1997, but both could now face lengthy spells behind bars. Photo source: AFP.

The trial of Princess Cristina of Spain began on Monday, making immediate history: this is the first time that a member of the Spanish royal family has been tried by the country’s justice system…

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Cameron’s tax credit ban could affect British expats

Author:   |  January 12th, 2016

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To ward off criticism of the Tories’ plan to ban EU nationals from receiving in-work benefits, the PM may also extend this to returning Brits.

In seeking a compromise with the EU on ways to make the UK stay as part of the European Union, David Cameron has instructed his ministers to look into whether to extend a tax credit ban on foreign workers to Brits who have lived abroad for four years or more…

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Winter on the Costa del Sol... Bienvenidos!

Author:   |  January 11th, 2016

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Winter in Puerto Banús – cooler, quieter and more relaxing.

Famed more for its glorious sunshine, high temperatures, packed beaches, cooling sea and upmarket beach clubs, the Costa del Sol is also a charming and attractive place during the winter months for year-round foreign residents, locals, and visitors who prefer to avoid the throngs of holidaymakers and soaring summer temperatures. Though the buzz and excitement of the summer – when bars, restaurants and beaches are a hive of activity – will always have its own special allure, there comes a time in the life of an expat when you actually look forward to having to put on a coat, swap your flip-flops for a pair of shoes and occasionally fish out the umbrella…

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2015 sees record decline in number of Spanish jobless

Author:   |  January 8th, 2016

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The queues are shorter, the jobs more secure: Spain’s employment market has begun to slowly improve.

Spain’s economy and job market isn’t quite out of the woods just yet, but official data from the country’s National Statistics Institute (INE) has revealed that the number of jobless fell by 354,203 last year – the largest-ever annual decline in unemployment…

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Spanish homes offer best value in Europe – report

Author:   |  January 7th, 2016

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The OECD map shows how Spanish property is among the best value in the developed world.

A new metric of measuring property values devised by the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD) has found that homes in Spain represent some of the best value in Europe

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Terror threats elsewhere could see Spain enjoy bumper year for tourism

Author:   |  January 6th, 2016

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Having seen record numbers of tourists visit in 2015, Spain is on course for an even stronger year this year.

It is a well-known fact that January is the peak booking time for package holidays in the sun. As the festive distractions of Christmas fade from memory, leaving the cold and dark months of January and February stretched out gloomily ahead, thoughts invariably turn to summer sun and fun…

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Spain gears up for much-loved Three Kings celebrations

Author:   |  January 5th, 2016

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A time for giving: Three Kings Day is a hotly anticipated date on the calendar for Spanish children.

Christmas and its attendant festivities may be over for much of Europe this week, but Spaniards – and Spanish children in particular – still have one more celebration to look forward to: the much-loved El Dia de los Reyes, or Three Kings Day, on January 6…

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Spain publishes official list of 2016 public holidays

Author:   |  January 4th, 2016

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Spain enjoys more public holidays than many other European nations, and they certainly make the most of them.

The Spanish government may currently be embroiled in tense discussions about how best to proceed following the most fragmented election in the country’s post-Franco history, but that hasn’t stopped officials from publishing the list of 2016’s official holidays.

Nationwide there will be eight public holidays, while each region will enjoy four additional holidays and two local ones. People living in Andalucía, therefore, can look forward to up to 13 days off this year, and maybe a few extra in the form of the famous “puentes”…

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Spain’s retail sector bounces back strongly in 2015

Author:   |  December 31st, 2015

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Spain’s retail sector is performing strongly, which is a good indication of a recovering economy.

According to data published this week by Spain’s National Statistics Institute INE), Spanish shops are now hiring staff at pre-crisis levels.

This positive data will ensure that the country ends 2015 on a high after 12 months of near-constant good news concerning its economy…

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