Trade, before the rise of light: or go up prices or we will have to close

Ana Orea has a hairdresser in Lleida that brings forward hard, in which, in addition to his hands, what makes it work are washing machines, dryers, dryers ... T

Trade, before the rise of light: or go up prices or we will have to close

Ana Orea has a hairdresser in Lleida that brings forward hard, in which, in addition to his hands, what makes it work are washing machines, dryers, dryers ... The light invoice has risen 33%, If before I paid between 300 and 350 euros, from now on it has to add 100 another 100, according to their calculations. This, in a small business with only two workers "is totally uninhable".

«We can not continue assumpting extra costs, I will have to upload the prices of my services if I want to continue open. We are on the edge, drowned. We do not talk about a rise of 3%, but of 33%, "says this businesswoman, which is also a spokesperson for the hairdressers platform that claims a reduction of the current VAT (13%) to the reduced.

Hairdressers, shops, bars, restaurants ... All these businesses, already beaten by the pandemic, closures and restrictions, now add a new hole to their battered accounts. "We are paying an extra that means adding half of what we paid before. This, with half billing. How can a business survive like this? "José Luis Azañón points out, owner of several hairdressers of the Curl chain.

In the bars the rise on the initial invoice is around 25%, according to Norberto, owner of a hospitality establishment in the center of Madrid. In these establishments there are dishwasher that are constantly put, in addition to the kitchen machinery. "Less prices, everything has increased: raw material, supplies, and now this. As we are not uploading the prices for the moment we are supporting entrepreneurs, "says José Luis Yzuel, President of Hospitality of Spain, which brings together around 300,000 establishments throughout the country.

As explained, depending on the contracted power, it increases the invoices by 15% more or less, although "customers who touch their conditions are touched at this time, the invoice can upload it by 20%.

Shops also see how their fixed expenses rise with it. According to the Spanish Confederation of Commerce (CEC), receipts are growing more than 50%. Although depending on the type of establishment and the sector, a medium store has fixed costs, as the showcase, lights, heating or air conditioning «are lit all day, which is when the client comes. Before, it was negotiated with the company which you wanted to be your flight of cheap hours, but now, "explains Carlos Moreno Figueroa, CEC.

He explains that a medium-sized store usually pays for an invoice between 400 and 500 euros per month, so now they have to add around 200 euros anymore.

The sectors of commerce and hospitality are also denounced that this rise occurs at a time when they have had to assume an extra investment in hygiene measures by the pandemic, and establishing in most cases less than half.

"We have climbed the costs at all places and we have been assuming them year and a half. For hairdressers this is the drop that fills the glass, but we are going to have to start affecting this at prices, because if we continue like this we can not eat, "says Ana Orea.

A large room that medium bill between 6,000 and 8,000 euros per month can pay for light receipt between 450 or 500, which is between 10-15% of total billing. Now, with this increase we are going to us 20%, "says José Luiz Azañ, of Curl, who recalls that, unlike the hotel, the hairdressing and aesthetic centers" have a maximum tope of billing, you know what is your limit? from above".

"We are a beaten sector, with falling falls 40% and half of what we earn is to pay labor costs. Thus, the business can not be sustained, it is materially impossible, "he says. He adds that sanitary measures to prevent Covid has meant investments between 500 and 3,000 euros, depending on the size of the establishment.

José Luis Yzuel designs at the moment that the hotel is going to raise prices to compensate for the increase in price on the light invoice, "at least until the situation normalizes and returned to pre-pandemic levels."

Updated Date: 12 August 2021, 00:04

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