• Ship at Tarragona's Port (by ACN)

    Foreign investments in Catalonia in 2016 reach €4.8 billion

    Foreign investment in Catalonia throughout 2016 totaled €4.8billion, 1.3% less than in 2015. Indeed, 2015 had set a historic record in terms of foreign investment, registering a 57.8% growth in comparison to the previous year. Despite this slight decrease, 2016 represents the second best year in the historic series, according to data published this Tuesday by the Spanish Ministry for Economy, Industry and Competitiveness. Moreover, Catalonia ranks second in terms of foreign investment in Spain, Accounting for 20% of the investment and only surpassed by Madrid, which attracts 46.7% of foreign capital. Regarding Catalan exports, they totaled €5.3 billion in January, the highest figure for this month since 2000. This data confirms Catalonia as the leading territory in Spain in terms of exports followed by Andalusia, whose exports totaled €2.5 billion.


The RENFE train station of Santa Maria de Palautordera in Catalonia (by ACN).

03.11.16 - 19:10

Spain's investment in Catalan transport infrastructure falls to lowest level in 20 years

Barcelona’s Chamber of Commerce reported this Thursday that 2015 was the worst year in the historical data series, which dates back to 1997, in the rate of state investment in the transport infrastructure in Catalonia. Specifically, the...

Image of CaixaBank's headquarters in Barcelona (by ACN)

28.10.16 - 18:27

CaixaBank earns €970 million in third quarter, less than last year due to integration of Barclays Bank SAU

CaixaBank, Catalonia's largest financial group and one of the most significant companies in the whole of Spain, reported this Friday net attributable profit of €970 million for the first nine months of 2016, down 2.6% on the same period of...

Containers in Port de Barcelona (by ACN)

20.10.16 - 19:21

Catalan exports rose a record 13.8% in August

In August, Catalan exports increased by 13.8% over the same period in 2015, reaching €4.5188 billion and setting a new record as the 'best August’ ever registered (since the collection of data began). According to figures published...

Ship at Tarragona's Port (by ACN)

11.10.16 - 19:09

Catalonia accounts for one third of foreign investment in Spain

Catalonia is the region of Spain that attracts most foreign investment. According to the report fDi Markets by the Financial Times, Catalonia attracted €14.532 billion in foreign investment between January 2011...

Image of a job centre in Catalonia (by ACN)

03.11.16 - 18:34

Unemployment in Catalonia grew by 7,325 people in October

The number of people unemployed and registered as such at the Catalan Public Employment Service (SOC) at the end of October increased by 7,325 peoplecompared to the September figures, a growth of 1.62%, according to data released on Monday by...

A group of tourists walking along Portal de l'Angel in Barcelona (by ACN)

27.10.16 - 19:08

Catalonia leads reduction of unemployment in Spain in third quarter

The number of unemployed people in Catalonia dropped to 552,500 people in the third quarter of 2016, representing a decrease of 51,100 people in relation to the second quarter, according to the latest Active Population Survey (EPA). The...

General image of the main aisle of Barcelona Meeting Point this Wednesday 19th of October 2016 (by ACN).

19.10.16 - 19:53

Only international real estate trade fair in Spain Barcelona Meeting Point kicks off

The 20th edition of Barcelona Meeting Point (BMP), the international and professional real estate trade fair in Spain, opened this Wednesday. The inauguration was marked by contention. The Catalan representatives decided not to...

Catalan Minister for Business and Knowledge, Jordi Baiget (by ACN)

10.10.16 - 19:06

Catalonia invested €55 million to promote 5,000 business projects last year

‘Catalunya Emprèn’ is an action plan from the Catalan Government which brings together all the initiatives of the different government departments to guide entrepreneurs in regards to the financial...

A picture from Gas Natural Fenosa's headquarters, located in Barcelona (by ACN)

02.11.16 - 19:29

Gas Natural Fenosa invests €85 million in its first power generation project in Brazil

The Barcelona-based energy company Gas Natural Fenosa, through its subsidiary Global Power Generation (GPG), has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake of 85% in two solar plants in Brazil from Gransolar Group. The operation will...

The Catalan Minister for Business and Knowledge, Jordi Baiget, and the Secretary for Governance of Information and Communications Technology, Jordi Puigneró, visiting the IoTSWC (by ACN)

25.10.16 - 16:04

IoT Solutions World Congress kicks off with the participation of 170 international companies

170 international companies will take part in the second edition of the Internet of Things Solutions World Congress (IoTSWC), twice the number of participants from the first edition. Moreover, 160 speakers will discuss as to what extent the...

Woman annalysing samplers at a lab (by ACN)

18.10.16 - 16:12

Catalan biotech Mind the Byte enters Japanese market; €1.2 million annual turnover expected by 2020

Mind the Byte, a Catalan company dedicated to computational drug design, will enter the bioinformatics market in Japan, thanks to a distribution agreement with the Japanese company Filgen. This agreement came after several meetings between the...

Image of a job centre in Catalonia (by ACN)

04.10.16 - 14:52

Unemployment in Catalonia increased by 5,641 people in September

The number of people unemployed and registered as such at the Catalan Public Employment Service (SOC) at the end of September increased by 5,641 people compared to the August figures, a growth of 1.27%, according to...

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