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    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.

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Ship at Tarragona's Port (by ACN)

21.03.17 - 18:19

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...

A branch of the Catalan Public Employment Service (SOC) in Barcelona a few months ago (by H. Lins)

02.03.17 - 16:30

Unemployment falls by 1,581 in February, smallest decline in 21 years

The number of people registered on the unemployment lists in Catalonia in February stood at 452,342 people, 1,581 fewer than in January, according to the Spanish Ministry of Employment and Social Security. This February’s fall is the...

Euro notes (by ACN)

16.02.17 - 16:34

Catalan Government collected nearly 3 billion euros in taxes in 2016

The Catalan Government’s tax take rose by 8.3% in 2016, totalling 2.9 billion euros. More than half of this came from the real estate sector, which contributed 1.6 billion euros to the treasury due to the growth registered in both the...

Passengers at Barcelona El Prat airport (by ACN)

13.02.17 - 13:56

El Prat Airport registers its best January ever

The number of passengers whom passed through Barcelona El Prat Airport this January grew by 11.4% in comparison to the same month last year. According to the Spanish Airport Authority (AENA) 2,804,092 passengers used...

Virtual image of 'LEVEL', the new IAG's low-cost branch (by IAG)

17.03.17 - 18:30

IAG announces new low-cost transcontinental carrier in Barcelona

Barcelona’s El Prat airport will be connected with two US and two South American cities starting in June 2017 thanks to LEVEL, the new low-cost carrier of International Airlines Group (IAG). The company chose the Catalan capital to...

General shot of the '4 Years From Now' section of the MWC (by ACN)

28.02.17 - 15:08

‘4 Years From Now’, the meeting point for start-ups at Mobile World Congress

4 Years From Now (4YFN), is the start-up business platform launched by the Mobile World Capital Barcelona that enables start-ups, investors and corporations to connect and launch new ventures together. During its opening this Monday within the...

First day of the Mobile World Congress, at Barcelona L'Hospitalet Gran Via (by ACN)

14.02.17 - 18:36

More Catalan companies than ever at 2017 edition of Mobile World Congress

 

The number of Catalan companies which will attend the 12th edition of the Mobile World Congress (MWC), to take place from the 27th of February to the 2nd of March in Barcelona will be higher than ever. There will...

Catalan Minister for Business and Knowledge, Jordi Baiget, at the Financial Times headquarters, in London (by ACN)

09.02.17 - 18:13

Government to open six new trade and investment offices worldwide

The Catalan Ministry for Business and Knowledge will invest 1.2 MEUR this year to increase Catalonia’s trade and investment office network abroad. In particular, six new centres will be opened in 2017, which will be added to the 36 which...

A man takes a picture of the Mobile World Congress' main entrance, at L'Hospitalet Gran Via (by ACN)

02.03.17 - 18:31

Mobile World Congres closes its best edition ever with a record 108,000 visitors

The 2017 edition of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) registered a record participation of 108,000 visitors from 203 countries worldwide, 7% more than last year’s edition, according to figures released this Thursday by the event organisers...

Cranes in Barcelona's Port (by ACN)

21.02.17 - 18:13

New record for Catalan exports in 2016, exceeding 65 billion

Catalan exports totalled €65.14 billion in 2016 and set a new record for the sixth consecutive year, according to data released by the Spanish Ministry for Economy and Competitiveness. The figure not only represents a 2% increase in...

Around 300 businessmen from Catalonia and Valencia gathered together to defend the Mediterranean corridor (by ACN)

13.02.17 - 18:24

Catalan and Valencian businessmen urge Spanish Goverment to build Mediterranean Railway Corridor

The Valencian Association of Businessmen and ‘Cercle d’Economia’, the main Catalan economic forum open to businesspeople and academics organised a summit this Monday to urge the Spanish Government to build the...

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

03.02.17 - 18:38

Catalonia, the region in Spain where international tourists spend the most

Tourists from outside of Spain spent 17,328 MEUR in Catalonia in 2016, which represents 3.7% more than in 2015. According to the Tourist Expenditure Poll (Egatur), published by the Spanish Statistics Institute, Catalonia achieved its best...

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