Trade starts to go back after year and a half of crisis, a historical collapse in sales and continuous restrictions on activity. As of May, when the state of alarm fell and the Spaniards were able to move, the sales were shot, and thanks to the recovery of tourism this summer and a campaign of rebates that has been positive, these are located 20% below below The 2019.
From the Spanish Confederation of Commerce (CEC) they remember that we came from falls of more than 40%. The prospects for autumn are good and the sector expects to approach the figures of the pre-pandemic year, and only 10% below billing then.
Now "arrive months in theory of a lot of consumption," he explains Carlos Moreno Figueroa, spokesman for the CEC. First, summer is expected to lengthen until the end of September or early October, linking practically with the Black Friday campaign, prior to Christmas and the most consumption throughout the year. All this will have a drag effect, especially considering that there are more than 70,000 million savings content.
"Last year we left in summer but it is true that it was not an explosion. However, this coast is full of Spaniards and that is noted in sales of the sector, despite the lack of international tourism," he says. Advancement in the vaccination process "has also helped recover consumer confidence".
This summer the recovery of trade is seeing above all in the areas with the most national demand, such as Andalusia and the North Zone, where "the full one shows and the evolution is much more positive" than in other regions that depend more on international tourism and that last summer they suffered their collapse, as they are Balearic Islands or the Levante coast, where it goes "slower".
According to Moreno-Figueroa, the sector is confident that there will be no sixth wave of the pandemic that gives all these good forecasts, even though the variants of the Covid and the rebound of summer start cases did a certain stopmage. However, "the health situation is very different from last summer," he says.
Another indicator of the best evolution of consumption is the influx of visitors to shopping centers, which have long suffered the capacity of capacity and schedules. These visits also increased by 2.6% in July compared to June, according to the published monthly index By ShopPerrak, traffic analysis tool for the trade sector. Compared to July 2020, growth is 4.7%, while the annual accumulated is already at 18.3%.
By sectors, the textile, which has been one of the most damaged by the pandemic, with a global fall of sales of 40%, has had a better evolution this summer. Teleworking or restrictions on social events have greatly influenced their collapse all these months, but "people have been without renovating winter clothing for two years," illustrate from CEC.
He has also helped the sales campaign, "which has worked well, although aggressive offers have had to be made," says Moreno-Figueroa.Updated Date: 23 August 2021, 19:11