• Nissan's new electric van being built in Barcelona (by J. Pujolar)

    Catalan economy hits 19% of Spanish GDP for first time this century

    Catalonia’s economy now makes up more than 19% of the Spanish economy, says a Catalan chambers of commerce report. The 19% figure is the highest percentage this century, finds the study published on Thursday, with an increase from 18.7% to 19.03% since 2011. “The 2016 economic balance was very positive and in 2017 a similar performance by f the Catalan economy is expected, with a growth of about 3%,” stated the report. Furthermore, the chambers of commerce point out that the country is coming out of the crisis “very quickly” and that 2016 GDP exceeded that of 2007 for the first time in this period. The statement also shows that the Catalan economy has been growing faster than the Spanish one since 2013, with a 1.9% average increase in GDP, four decimal points higher.

Business

The CEO of Abertis, Salvador Alemany (by ACN)

03.05.17 - 15:11

Abertis invests €125 million in A4 Holding and now controls 85% of its Italian subsidiary

The Catalan company Abertis reached an agreement with the minority shareholders of its Italian subsidary, A4 Holdings, to buy an additional 22.52% of the business' assets. The group will pay a total amount of €125 million, €89 million by the...
Outside Codorniu (by Codorniu)

26.04.17 - 18:10

Codorniu stops producing white label cava for foreign brands

The Catalan cava producer Codorniu announced that they will stop producing for foreign brands and will instead focus on their own Premium and Prestige products. The company explained that white label production (producing for third parties) is no...
Catalan Minister for Territory and Sustainability, Josep Rull, Spanish Minister for Public Works, Íñigo de la Serna and Catalan Minister for Business and Knolwedge, Jordi Baiget (by ACN)

10.04.17 - 17:14

Catalan Government urges Spain to set a clear timetable for the Mediterranean Railway Corridor

Catalan Minister for Territory and Sustainability, Josep Rull, and Catalan Minister for Business and Knowledge, Jordi Baiget, called for a “clear”and...

Job Centre in Barcelona (by ACN)

04.04.17 - 13:56

6,325 fewer unemployed registered in March in Catalonia

Unemployment in Catalonia fell by 10.7% in March in comparison to the same month last year, totaling 446,017 people. According to the Spanish Ministry of Employment and Social Security, 6,325 people left the unemployment lists last...

One of 'Jet2' planes at Reus airport (by ACN)

28.04.17 - 19:02

Jet2 launches two new routes between Reus and the UK

The British airline Jet2 launched a new connection this Friday between Reus Airport, located about 100 kilometers from Barcelona, and London-Stansted. In addition,...

Robots at the Amazon warehouse in Castellbisbal, April, 26 2017 (By Àlex Recolons)

26.04.17 - 14:16

Amazon to add 800 jobs in Catalonia

The North American multinational Amazon has announced the hiring of 800 workers in order to incorporate their Amazon Robotics cutting edge technology at the logistic centers of Castellbisbal and Prat de Llobregat, just outside Barcelona. These 800...
Amazons' logistics centre at Castellbisbal, 30 kilometres from Barcelona (by ACN)

06.04.17 - 12:51

Amazon opening fourth logistics center in Catalonia

The North American giant Amazon will open a new logistics center in Martorelles, 20 kilometers north of Barcelona, aimed at serving the European market. The 30,000 m2 plant will become operational in the fall and will be...

Catalan Minister for Business and Knowledge, Jordi Baiget, shakes hands with Thunder Power's CEO Wellen Sham (by ACN)

31.03.17 - 12:08

Thunder Power to invest 80 MEUR in R&D center in Catalonia

Hong Kong-based multinational Thunder Power, which specializes in electric vehicles, is planning to open an R&D center in Catalonia. The center will become operational in 2018, involve an initial investment of €80 million, and create...

Taxi drivers demonstrated in Barcelona on Wednesday (by Josep Molina)

27.04.17 - 13:02

Taxi drivers in Catalonia mobilize against Uber and Cabify

The increasing number of licenses for “rental cars with chauffeur” caused strikes and demonstrations by hundreds of officially-licensed taxi drivers in several Catalan cities on Wednesday. According to representatives of the taxi transport...
An American Airlines flight (by American Airlines)

11.04.17 - 12:40

Direct flight to Chicago to boost American Airlines passenger volume in Barcelona by 15%

American Airlines new direct link between Barcelona-El Prat airport and Chicago is expected to increase the airline's passengers in Catalonia by 15%. The new flight will operate from the 6th of May and will be offered alongside the current flights...
Spain's Minister for Finance, Cristóbal Montoro (by ACN)

04.04.17 - 17:49

Rajoy's promises to Catalonia absent from budget

Spain’s budget for 2017 allocates €1.14 billion to invest in Catalonia, €30 million less than last year. However, as a percentage, the figure represents 13.4% of the total, which is higher than in 2016, which saw only 10.7%...

Mediterranean Railway Corridor

27.03.17 - 18:00

The Mediterranean Railway Corridor, a key, long-awaited infrastructure

The so-called Mediterranean Railway Corridor, a long-awaited piece of infrastructure which is set to transport freight and passengers non-stop from Gibraltar to Central Europe along the Mediterranean coastline, is one of the most...

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