The trade faces the sales that officially begin today with more optimism than last season, but with great caution. The bad epidemiological data of Tenerife, the uncertainty about the opening of the tourist market and the employment situation of many citizens still in ERTE make a “good sales campaign” complicated, although the advance in vaccination and the retreat in the restrictions approved yesterday in the hospitality industry presage “at least positive data.”
The president of the Federation of Urban Areas of the Canary Islands (Fauca), Abbas Moujir, acknowledged that many establishments have already been on sale for days, but, with the restrictions imposed by the bad epidemiological data of Tenerife, “citizens did not dare to go out” . “There is a link between the hospitality industry and commerce,” he explained, “that is why we hope that with today’s agreements [por ayer] this weekend the citizens are encouraged and go shopping. Normally, the first weekend of sales is the best and we hope that this will continue despite the pandemic. “
However, he pointed out that the data from this campaign will not be “by any means those achieved in 2019, which in the end is the year with which we have to buy ourselves, since last year was just after the pandemic and is not quite real ”.
The Canary Islands were the autonomous community that lost the most occupation in May, with employment in the sector falling by 2.9% compared to the same month of the previous year, and despite a 16.4% increase in sales in the interannual rate and 0.4% so far this year, as reported yesterday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).
In the country as a whole, the retail trade registered an increase in sales of 18.8% in May compared to the same month of 2020, which is linked to three consecutive months of year-on-year increases. This rate is almost 20 points lower than the one experienced in April, when retail sales registered a historical rebound of 38.3%. Retail trade turnover increased in May in the interannual rate in all the autonomous communities, mainly in Madrid (+ 25%), the Balearic Islands (+ 21.5%), Andalusia (+ 21.2%) and Catalonia (+19.9 %). The lowest annual increases in billing occurred in Ceuta (+ 5.4%), Galicia (+ 8.6%) and Melilla (+ 8.9%). With regard to employment, only two communities registered negative annual rates in May: Canarias (-2.9%) and La Rioja (-0.6%).