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Spain: Market Profile

2 Feb 2018

Lower borrowing costs, still-soft oil prices, declining unemployment and improving export prospects alongside a competitive euro have given consumers and businesses more confidence, despite the ongoin...Read More


Europe’s Elections: Indications of a Positive Trade Outcome

15 Aug 2017

Euroscepticism has been concerning the EU even before the UK voted to leave the bloc in June 2016. However, the failure of anti-EU nationalist movements to win power in the Netherlands and France, and...Read More


Licensed Toys Tipped to Take the Lead in Spain's Bumper Xmas Sales

15 Dec 2016

Retailers across Spain are anticipating a 4% upturn in festive sales this year, with toys and perfumes most in demand....Read More


Asia Continues to Stand Firm as the Last Bastion of the Printed Word

20 Sept 2016

While Europe and the US has seen the widespread uptake of e-books, readers in Asia are still showing a remarkable loyalty to the printed word in all of its many guises, at least according to exhibitor...Read More


Driven by Mobile, Spanish E-commerce Sector Enjoys 24.8% Surge

13 Oct 2015

Spain's 2014 e-tailing growth far outstrips European average, according to latest government figures....Read More


Spanish Consumers Wary of E-commerce, but Swayed by Social Media

23 July 2015

While online recommendations have a high impact on purchase decisions, Spain's consumers are reluctant to buy online....Read More


Crunch Year for Toys R Us with Manufacturers Hoping for Turnaround

8 April 2015

Toys R Us remains one of the most important players in the global toy retailing market, with the company facing a number of challenges and a European restructuring, John Baulch, publisher of Toy World...Read More


Calls for Online Anti-piracy Stance After Frozen Counterfeit Toys

22 Oct 2014

Online retailing is now the new front in the fight against counterfeit toys, but does this year's mass piracy of Frozen merchandise signify a losing battle? John Baulch, Publisher of Toy World, believ...Read More


Department Store Offers Unrivalled Access to Spanish Retail Market

4 Aug 2014

El Corte Ingles is Spain’s only department store chain. Its response to the economic downturn, particularly with regard to sourcing strategies and product requirements, merits close attention by those...Read More


Hong Kong a Springboard for Upwardly Mobile Spanish Brands

30 July 2014

Hong Kong has proved itself an effective partner for Spanish companies seeking a sourcing hub and also as a gateway into the Asia market for the country’s manufacturers, particularly in the footwear, ...Read More


Barcelona: An Incubator for New Ideas

29 July 2014

While many would primarily associate Barcelona’s creativity with Antoni Gaudi, the celebrated Spanish architect, the city’s prowess in the field of design goes well beyond that. It has long nurtured m...Read More


Hong Kong’s Role in Spain’s Road to a New Normal

23 July 2014

The Spanish economy is on the recovery track after several years of comparative stagnation. In order to successfully trade with Spain, Hong Kong companies need to adapt to the fact that today’s Spanis...Read More


Barcelona: Challenging for the Mediterranean Logistics Crown

23 July 2014

Barcelona, traditionally an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination, has fast evolved into a key logistics player in the Mediterranean and Southern Europe, thanks, in part, to its st...Read More


Black economy figures set to redraw EU economic landscape

7 July 2014

From this year, official GDP figure for EU countries will include estimated figures from the shadow sector. Will this effectively rewrite the economic map of Europe or merely allow ailing states to ar...Read More


European gift companies look to Asia to source and sell

7 Nov 2013

Asian companies were predictably well-represented at this year's Giftrends trade show in Madrid. The emphasis for many, though, was on accessing Asian consumers, rather than on simply sourcing cheap e...Read More


Complete mobility
- report from Mobile World Congress 2013, Barcelona

21 March 2013

There were unprecedented opportunities for picture and sound quality at the Expo, with a promising outlook for apps - thanks to a Hong Kong-related study...Read More


Quality kids' wear from China
- report from FIMI 2013, Valencia

26 Feb 2013

The Chinese mainland is now better known among buyers as a production market for quality children's wear due to superior technology, says a leading European retailer...Read More


Carving a market for Spanish ham

16 Jan 2013

Aiming to cash in on the finer tastes demanded by affluent Mainland diners, Spanish producers of the country's famous Serrano ham are making forays into Hong Kong and tapping one of the Mainland's bes...Read More


China's "going out" investment in Spain

12 Dec 2012

Commerce between China and Spain rose 11.7% last year, partly due to China's "going out" policy that saw a rise in joint ventures and partnerships ranging from banking to technology...Read More


Hong Kong's hand in Barcelona's trade leap

11 Oct 2012

Last month's unveiling of Hutchison Port Holdings' new container terminal in Barcelona could be a precursor to the Hong Kong firm's further move into Spanish telecoms and real estate...Read More

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